Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Peter Beardsley takes leave of absence amid bullying, racism claims

Peter Beardsley takes leave of absence amid bullying, racism claims

"Peter Beardsley categorically denies the allegations".

It emerged at the weekend that Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, a 22-year old midfielder with the club, had - with the backing of team-mates - made a formal complaint against Beardsley.

"Peter Beardsley is aware of inaccurate media reports which result from unauthorized leaks", Beardsley's legal team said in a statement.

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It is not the first time he has found himself at the centre of claims of unfair treatment during his time working with Newcastle's youth players. It is hoped the investigation will conclude quickly.

Beardsley is in his second spell as a coach at St James' Park, having returned to the club in 2009 after leaving three years earlier.

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It's understood Beardsley reported to the club's training headquarters in Benton as usual, but was then asked to head to the stadium, where he attended a meeting with managing director Lee Charnley and head of safeguarding Steve Swinyard on Monday.

Newcastle have confirmed U23 coach Peter Beardsley will take a period of leave while investigations are conducted into claims he bullied and racially abused several academy players.

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Neither Beardsley or the club are commenting on the allegations.

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