Sunday 24 February 2019

Beardsley on leave amid bullying and racism claims

Newcastle United Under-23s coach Peter Beardsley
Newcastle United Under-23s coach Peter Beardsley

Under-23s coach Peter Beardsley is on leave from Newcastle as an investigation into allegations of bullying and racism continues.

The 56-year-old met club officials for the second time in as many days on Tuesday and has agreed to stay away from work while the probe is completed.

A statement issued by the club said: "After discussions with Peter Beardsley this morning, it has been agreed that he will take a period of leave, to commence immediately, whilst the club conducts its investigation into allegations made against him.

"It would be inappropriate for the club to comment further until the conclusion of this investigation."

Former Newcastle and England star Beardsley attended a meeting with managing director Lee Charnley and head of safeguarding Steve Swinyard at St James' Park on Monday after reports over the weekend that complaints had been made against him.

The Magpies confirmed at the weekend that they had launched an investigation after a formal complaint of bullying was made by 22-year-old midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, backed by several team-mates.

It later emerged that accusations had also been made by other players.

Beardsley made more than 300 appearances for Newcastle in two spells as a player.

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