Newcastle announce Peter Beardsley will take 'period of leave' while club probe racism claims

Beardsley was part of the England team which came close to winning the 1990 World Cup

Peter Beardsley played for Newcastle in two spells

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Newcastle have announced that coach Peter Beardsley will take "a period of leave" while the club continue their investigation into him.

Beardsley, who is coach of the club's under-23 team, is accused of racism and bullying.

The 56-year-old was asked to attend a meeting with Newcastle's managing director Lee Charnley and head of safeguarding Steve Swinyard.

Newcastle have now released a statement, which read: “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.”

The former England striker, who spent two highly successful spells at Newcastle as a player, is facing multiple complaints from his own players.

The complaints centre on an allegation from 22-year-old winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, who claims Beardsley humilitated him.

It is understood that the complaint was supported by statements from teammates.