A former football coach from Ellesmere Port who worked for Cheshire club Crewe Alexandra in the 80s and 90s has been suspended by the FA, according to a national newspaper report.

Paul McCann of Great Sutton was a former voluntary youth and reserve team coach at Crewe Alex and worked with club director and former manager Dario Gradi. Mr McCann left Crewe Alex in 1991 to pursue another career abroad.

This week The Guardian reported that Mr McCann, who denies any wrongdoing, has had his licence suspended by the Football Association’s safeguarding panel.

The Chronicle has contacted The FA but they have not confirmed or denied the suspension or commented on any details relating to it.

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Mr McCann has told The Guardian: “I have not done anything wrong. This process is in place to help the investigation take its due course. I am collateral damage.”

Crewe Alex club director Dario Gradi was also suspended by the FA in December 2016. Mr Gradi has offered to help the FA with their enquiries.

He issued a statement which said: “Aside from denying any wrongdoing, it would be inappropriate and unfair on all parties to comment piecemeal through the media at this time in connection with historical allegations.

“Suffice to say, I will do everything within my power to assist all investigatory authorities into what is becoming a wide-ranging and important enquiry into historical sexual abuse.”