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Venice American football team members indicted on sex charge

Two coaches, five players sent to trial for alleged abuse of man

24 December, 12:52
Venice American football team members indicted on sex charge (ANSA) - Venice, December 24 - Two coaches and five players from the Venice Islanders American football team have been sent to trial on allegations they sexually abused a fellow squad member.

A 23-year man said he suffered the abuse when he was on bus returning from a match in June 2011.

He has asked for one million euros in damages, saying he suffered psychological trauma, went into therapy and dropped out of university after the alleged abuse.

The accused deny sexual abuse, saying they only asked the new player to take part in some initiation rituals. The trial is set to start on February 5.

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