Former Manchester City player David White says he was abused by Barry Bennell

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Former England and Manchester City star David White has become the fourth former footballer to go public as a victim of sexual abuse.

White, now 49, made nearly 400 league appearances for City, Leeds and Sheffield United between 1985 and 1998, and earned his single England cap in 1992.

The Manchester-born forward played locally before joining City's youth set-up. It was during this period that he says he met Barry Bennell, a coach and talent scout who sexually abused young boys across three decades from the 1970s onward.

Manchester City's David White and Manchester United's Roy Keane - (Paul Marriott/EMPICS Sport)
David White plays in the Manchester derby - (Paul Marriott/EMPICS Sport)

White said in a statement reported by the BBC that he was among those abused by Bennell.

He said: "Given recent press stories I wish to confirm that I was sexually abused by my former football coach Barry Bennell in the late 70s and early 80s - this abuse took place while I was attached to Whitehill FC Junior team based in Manchester."

White added in his statement: "For a number of reasons and for nearly two decades I kept my ordeal secret from my family and friends. While I believe throughout my football career I have come to terms with what happened, I now realise the effects of Bennell's actions were much more far-reaching than I knew then."

White's decision to speak out came after Professional Footballers' Association boss Gordon Taylor revealed the number of players to contact the union with similar stories in the last week had reached "double figures".

Cheshire Police confirmed 11 individuals have now contacted them as they expand their investigation into a coach's activities over a period of three decades from the 1970s onward.

Former Crewe Alexandra footballer, Andrew Woodward - (Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport)
Andy Woodward has also come forward - (Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport)

Police have been re-investigating Bennell after ex-footballer Andy Woodward waived his anonymity from an earlier trial to tell The Guardian last week about his abuse by the convicted paedophile in the 1980s while he was at Crewe.

Woodward's harrowing account prompted another former Crewe player, Steve Walters, to tell The Guardian about his alleged abuse by Bennell on Tuesday before former Tottenham and Liverpool star Paul Stewart told the Daily Mirror about his treatment by a different youth coach in the 1970s.