Former Sheffield United player Michael Bradley is suing his former club for damages over a claim he was sexually abused by former manager David Wagner before he left for Manchester City in 2006.
The 29-year-old, who played for the Blades in the 2007-08 and 2010-11 seasons, claims the club breached its contract by “failing to protect him from the abuse”.
The allegations relate to Wagner’s relationship with Bradley, who has played for two clubs since leaving the Blades.
“Wagner had been a friend of my father’s since he was 14 years old,” Bradley wrote in his lawsuit.
“When he was at the club he was also a very good friend of his father’s.
In 2003 he went to a football club called Airtricity League 1, where I was playing.”
In 2004, Wagner’s behaviour with me was inappropriate.
He kissed me on the mouth, made inappropriate comments to me and made inappropriate advances to me.
“As a result, my father, my uncle and my brother, who was a senior player at the time, left the club in 2004.”
The lawsuit says Wagner sexually abused Bradley at the home of his then manager, Tom Caton, in Sheffield on July 23, 2006.
“I had no idea at the date of the alleged offence that it would be a long and arduous legal process.
In my opinion, I was naive and reckless,” he wrote.”
The abuse was the most degrading of any experience I had ever experienced at any football club, especially one as big as the Blades.”
The allegations are one of several relating to the alleged abuse of Bradley, a former Manchester United player who played in both the 2007 and 2010 seasons.
He made his debut for United in November 2010.
The club has denied any wrongdoing and said it has not been notified of the claims.