Not the best of weekends for Peter Beardsley.

On Saturday an exclusive (see below) revealed that the Newcastle United reserve team manager was facing allegations of bullying at the club.

The Mirror reporting that Yasin Ben El-Mhanni claimed he had been bullied by Beardsley for more than a year and the newspaper adding that a number of other players had made supporting statements to the allegations.

The 22 year old El-Mhanni set to have his grievance hearing on Thursday.

However, now The Mail have done a follow up, saying that African player have made allegations of racial abuse, and that Peter Beardsley will meet the Newcastle United ‘hierarchy’ today with the allegations and evidence to be put to him.

The Mail:

‘Peter Beardsley is under investigation by Newcastle United after allegations of racial abuse were made by African players in the club’s academy, Sportsmail understands.

We can also reveal that five of Beardsley’s players have given witness statements in support of Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, who has made allegations of bullying against the Under-23 boss.

Beardsley will meet with the club’s hierarchy on Monday when the allegations and evidence will be put to him. He will be represented by the PFA and also present in the hearing will be the club’s chief executive Lee Charnley and head of safeguarding Steve Swinyard. El-Mhanni, 22, has his grievance meeting on Thursday.

The Premier League are aware of the investigation but are not involved at this stage. If Newcastle find the case against Beardsley to be proven, it is expected that he will lose his job.’

The Mag – Saturday 6 January 2018:

Saturday morning sees worrying claims that Peter Beardsley has been accused of a sustained campaign of bullying against one young Newcastle player.

The exclusive also details that a number of other Newcastle players have given supporting statements to the accusation.

Yasin Ben El-Mhanni joined United a year and a half ago and it is alleged that the bullying started within months of him signing.

It is The Mirror who have broken the story and they report that the 22 year old’s allegations will be heard at a grievance meeting this Thursday.

Back in 2003, both Peter Beardsley and Kenny Wharton were cleared of charges of bullying when accused by young Newcastle players at the time, including Terry McDermott’s son Neale.

In 2006 Peter Beardsley did leave the club but Mike Ashley brought him back in 2009.

The NUFC playing legend then did everything from coaching at the Academy to handing out certificates at schools in an ambassadorial role, before eventually being made reserve team manager.

The Mirror:

Peter Beardsley is under investigation at Newcastle amid allegations of bullying.

The Toon legend, coach of the club’s Under-23 players, has been accused by 22 year-old winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni of conducting a sustained campaign designed to humiliate him.

A number of players have given statements supporting allegations made by El-Mhanni.

El-Mhanni’s complaint will be heard at a grievance meeting on Thursday.

El-Mhanni’s representatives have refused to comment but Mirror Sport understands he remains deeply unhappy and has taken the official route in a bid to get his complaints heard.

It is the second time that Beardsley, who won 59 caps in his illustrious England career, has been accused of bullying at Newcastle. He and coach Kenny Wharton were cleared in 2003 after Under-19 players Ross Gardner and James Beaumont made claims against them.

Beardsley left the club in 2006. He later took on an ambassadorial role doing PR and media work for Mike Ashley.

He rejoined the academy as a coach in 2009.

It is understood that El-Mhanni claims his alleged unfair treatment began within months of his arrival on Tyneside.’



  • TheNutJob

    Racism & bullying cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.

    • Mark Potter

      But they need to be proven first.

      • Wor Lass

        All Nutty is saying is that any allegations must be investigated. I think it`s right that any charges are reported because a) it allows other people with information to know and become involved (on either side of the case) and b) it sends out a message that this sort of thing is taken seriously and will not be brushed under the carpet.

        • Mark Potter

          I doubt there is value in publicly reporting this. No-one would expect that an investigation at their own workplace would be done publicly, and it can’t possibly be the case that anyone outside of a small number of youth players would have anything to contribute in evidence. It’s not like the police asking for witnesses to a crime to come forward. Nevertheless, I appreciate Beardsley is a public figure, and all clubs are under such scrutiny that it would be hard to remain private. My concern is that an innocent man might be so stigmatized by the second such allegation that his career might be over. All of the media, and some of our fans, say, “Look, He’s got form.” When he was found to be innocent previously.

          Whether or not you agree that he is a good coach, labelling someone as a racist and/or a bully is a very serious matter. For all we know there has been a misunderstanding, or the complaint is by a malcontent, who is upset he doesn’t get picked for the team. I’ve seen plenty of workplace complaints in my time, and many of those who say they are “bullied” by managers are just not very good at their jobs. Asking them to simply do what they are paid to do, is unacceptable to them.

          My particular concerns in this case is that I seem to remember the young man concerned does not have much pedigree playing football 11 v 11, but was well known for his individual ball control skills. He has acted as a body double for famous footballers in commercials. If he thinks that he is better than he actually is…

          Beardsley was one of the best technical footballers I ever saw, but he also absolutely worked his socks off. No-one deserves a place in any team just because they are (or think they are) famous. They need natiral ability, and they need to work bloody hard.

          Colback is not getting bullied by Rafa, he’s just not good enough to play Premiership football. Mitro is not getting bullied, Rafa thinks he’s not fast enough to play the way he wants the team to organise. Darlow was not getting bullied before Xmas, he dropped the ball and cost us the Everton game.

          Some people think they deserve a chance, regardless of their ability/application. It’s a bloody nightmare for managers and HR departments these days trying to handle kids coming from school. Assisted by the school mentality that “everyone will get a turn”. I don’t think I was bullied when I only got to appear once, as a sub, for my school. I just wasn’t very good. I knew it, my mates knew it, the teachers knew it. I didn’t walk around deluded that I was going to play for the Toon one day.

          • Wor Lass

            You`ve gone to a lot of trouble to say very little of substance. Basically, none of us know whether he is guilty as charged or not. The previous time he was found to be not guilty so that is irrelevant to any right-minded person now. I don`t know anything about the young lad, his character or his application to training – nor do I know how Peter treats those lads. The hearing will take place and eventually we will know (perhaps). In the meantime, what I do know is that the U 23`s haven`t done very well over the last few seasons and very few seem to come through to first team. Peter doesn`t seem, to me, to be doing a very good job. There may be good reason for that (the first team hasn`t exactly been pulling up trees either) and it doesn`t affect the huge respect I have for Beardo as a player.

        • Martin Rooney

          So are you praising the clubs management here saying that they run their business in the correct way?

          • Wor Lass

            What sort of argument are you trying to provoke? If an allegation of workplace bullying has been made then any employer worth their salt will investigate it thoroughly – without prejudice to either side. Our club is owned by a bully and a disgrace as a human being but it seems that someone is taking this matter seriously.

      • Geordiegiants

        Exactly mark, people throw the word racism around like confetii these days.

    • Geordiegiants

      Accusing people of racism for having a different opinion is just as wrong nutty. People just call others racist if they don’t agree with their view, even if it’s got nothing to do with race. It’s all about balance.

  • ghostrider

    Innocent until proven guilty used to be the norm.
    Now it’s trial by media and mass opinion.

    • Wor Lass

      Who`s trying him – it`s just been reported that he`s been charged by the club with a breach of conduct. It`s normal for it to be reported when someone is charged with an offence.

      • ghostrider

        What I’m saying is, the media generally have people more or less hung drawn and quartered with stuff like this and basically form a mass opinion, generally against where this type of stuff is concerned.

        • Wor Lass

          That can be true but sometimes you need a media campaign to make things happen eg Jimmy Saville and various catholic priests. It can go wrong, though – I remember that landlord who the papers hounded. A young girl had been murdered in the house he rented her and he looked a bit creepy so they went for him. He was completely innocent and it blighted his life.

          • ghostrider

            Yeah, that’s what I mean.
            The media basically more or less conduct a nationwide/worldwide trial on certain individuals, without any real knowledge of what the truth is, or care whether it destroys someone or not…as long as it sells papers or creates enough interest to take people’s minds off other shenanigans going on.

            All I’m saying is, this could ruin Beardsley’s career and may not be true.
            If it turns out to be the truth then fair enough but it needs to be dealt with in the proper manner without media influence one way or the other.

          • Martin Rooney

            So here you are on modern media doing the same

          • Wor Lass

            Read all of my posts on this thread. The only judgement I`ve made of the guy is as a player (absolutely brilliant) and as a coach (less than average) – both of which views I`ve expressed on here many times in the past. Where these allegations are concerned, I have no idea whether they`re true or not – I`ll wait to find out along with the rest of you!

          • Martin Rooney

            You have no qualification to say he is an average coach. A coach can only work with what he gets given to him and if the players are not good enough that’s it he cannot wave a magic wand and produce harry Kane. Remember as coach he is not the recruiter from community he just deals with what he gets and has been doing so for just 8 years. Given that’s a short space of time . It makes me laugh when so called supporters slag Ashley off not many academy player coming through (dummett) as any 12 year old at the club when he bought it would still be in beardos u23’s we really are a sad bunch with little brains

          • Wor Lass

            You have no idea what qualifications I have – as a football coach or anything else – and you are wrong to imply I shouldn`t express my opinion on the matter.

          • Phil

            I would say you are entitled to question his coaching abilities if dummett is the best he has come up with. Or helped develop should I say

          • Martin Rooney

            So you’re questioning Rafa

          • Phil

            Did he bring dummet through? No

            Did he look for a new LB? Yes

            Your point?

          • Martin Rooney

            Your qualifications as a football coach have no bearing, that’s immaterial but its safe to say you aren’t producing superstars. As for your opinion yes I am saying that its not needed as you know none of the facts and it’s a serious situation which needs to be dealt with solely based on facts

          • Wor Lass

            And what have I said within this thread that disagrees with that?

          • Wor Lass

            Read my posts, n*mbn*ts. I haven`t commented on the allegations themselves other than to say I don`t know anything about them and will wait for the results of the inquiry to find out. If I want to comment on an NUFC-focused site on the performance of NUFC players or officials then I will do. It`s what they`re for. You seem quite keen to hypothesise about the young lad who`s made the allegations and his possible reasons – I haven`t done that either. It is irrelevant as to whether or not my opinion carries more weight but the fact is that I have been involved in coaching young players and managing teams for many years. Stick up for Pedro if you like but don`t spend so much time and energy trying to manufacure an argument with me.

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  • robbersdog

    Whether these allegations are true or not, it seems that Beardsley’s relationship with his players has gone very sour, and I can’t see how he can continue to manage them effectively.

    • Phil

      Apparently he was partly responsible for us losing Lewis Gibson

      As me granny used to say….. It’ll al come oot in the wash!

      • 1957

        I had heard there were issues between Lewis’s brother Liam and him a while ago.

        • Phil

          Looking from the outside in. Beardsley appears to be the last one you would call a bully.

          But as current news shows…. People are capable of anything! Absolutely anything. Trust nobody!! Haha

          • Martin Rooney

            It’s an accusation

          • Phil

            That’s why I said IF guilty in a separate comment.

            I also said no smoke without fire. It’s not the first time he has been accused of this kind of behaviour. And many people who have crossed paths with him outside of football seem to agree he isn’t a very nice bloke

          • Phil

            Times have changed. It’s 2018 not 1978.

            Due to technology news spreads faster than crabs in the Geordie shore house! Not necessarily a good thing but not that bad either. It prompts discussion and stops issues from being swept under the carpet.

            The people presented with the evidence will decide if he is actually guilty or not. From what Iv read and know of him. I’d say guilty. But my opinion means nowt. Doesn’t stop me talking about it though

          • Martin Rooney

            However the tone of your comments are suggesting he’s guilty. You have absolutely no knowledge just the whispering trolls of nowhere land. And that’s not a good thing. The widening of discussion is good….where it is based on fact if he is or isn’t is based on evidence none of us have.

          • Phil

            I do have an opinion of Peter beardsley and a knowledge of how he is. He trained me briefly when I was about 11. I have nothing bad to say about him and I learnt a lot. But I am not shocked to hear these accusations…. Again

          • Martin Rooney

            The previous accusations were false so base less and untrue a figment. So your lack of surprise is it that people make accusations which are untrue to get there own way
            or
            that if somebody was accused of doing something that was proven to have not happened 15 years ago they must have done it for real this time.
            Just think about it man sounds stupid

          • Phil

            Do guilty people ever get away with things due to a lack of evidence?….

            Yes they do.

            Especially in a case where bullying is the accusation. There are many different forms of bullying and it is often one persons word against another.

            I’m not saying he is guilty. As I said… No smoke without fire. And this is the second time he has been accused.
            The first time around Terry McDermotts son made an allegation. I can’t imagine his dad allowing him to make false accusations about Beardsley.

            Another thing that makes you question his innocence is the amount of people making the allegation. It’s not just one guy.

            Let’s hope it’s sorted quickly one way or another

      • Martin Rooney

        How when gibson didn’t play in his squad? Wise up man think about what you write beardsley u23 Watson u18

        • Phil

          He played at u18 and u23 level.

          • Martin Rooney

            He played one u23 game and did not train with peter beardsley’s group stop lying to make yourself seem less stupid

          • Phil

            But he played under Beardsley and would of had interaction with him?? Stop making a pri*k of yourself. Searching for an argument.

          • Phil

            All I stated was he had played at both levels. You confirmed that. Then called me stupid. Strange??

  • Phil

    No smoke without fire.

    It’s not the first time he has been accused of this and having heard some of what he has had to say at a few talk in’s not that surprising.

    The amount of people willing to give evidence is an indicator that something has happened.

    If found guilty it will be very disappointing. He was an amazing player and brilliant to watch.

    I think he is lucky to still have the job due to results with the under 23’s and lack of players coming through anyway.

    Matter of when. Not if he goes

    • Wor Lass

      He`s my all-time favourite English footballer but I agree that he doesn`t seem to have done a good job with the reserves. Results over all have been poor and so few seem to make it into the first team.

      • Phil

        My first Newcastle top had Beardsley 8 on the back. He was like messi. His skill was unreal.

        Unfortunately that doesn’t mean he will be a good coach. I just hope this doesn’t tarnish his name to badly. But then again if guilty then he deserves everything he gets. It’s just a shame.

        • Wor Lass

          My thoughts exactly – including the Messi comparison. Imagine what he could have achieved if players then had been protected like they are now!

      • Wor Lad

        Good footballer, bad man!

        • Wor Lass

          Are you saying that because of these allegations or do you know a bit more about him?

  • Dillon Tovak

    These allegations would have been heartbreaking to hear of Beardsley years ago, however sympathy drys up for Ashley apologists.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Why? That seems duplicitous

      • Dillon Tovak

        In what way?
        Previously he was a childhood hero of mine, these days I’ve gone off him due to singing the praises of the man I believe is ruining the club I support.
        Therefore hearing this news isn’t the same as say, hearing it was Shearer or Keegan.

        • Phil

          Totally agree

        • X,WHY,Y MAN.

          Your right and some will take comfort in the fact that there is some kind of “Poetic Justice” at work if he gets the push.
          The sickening way he prostrated himself to be the host of those tawdry “Wonga Away Days” for Ashley was “A CRIME AGAINST GEORDIE HUMANITY”, And he should have been up in front of The Hague for it !

          • Martin Rooney

            That’s so churlish and immature, and a real stain on those who have suffered at the hands of those sent to that court for the murder of many thousands of people. That you talk that way shows you have no humanity compassion or consideration of others. Thinking your not getting a Sterling or Kane to play for you equates to mass murder shows you as a vile selfish buffoon. Get back in your cave you idiot.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Millions of people but I take your point.

          • X,WHY,Y MAN.

            Are you for real ?
            The whole thing was tongue in cheek but you always get one who cannot see the remark for what it is and draws their own ridiculous conclusion.
            “Crimes Against Geordie Humanity” for running Wonga Away Days, Can you not see this is meant with mirth in mind and nothing else ?

            Unbelievable some of the people you get this day and age !

        • Martin Rooney

          That shows that you saw your judgements on your opinion of people from one aspect of their life to another completely u related. That’s the kindest of someone who is stupid. Akin to investigating chefs for all knife crimes peter likes mike so Peter’ a bully. Get a brain will ya

          • Dillon Tovak

            I think I need to because trying to make sense of “that shows that you saw your opinion of people” is hurting mine.

        • Albert Stubbins

          He doesn’t exactly was lyrical about fatso. Yes he’s a paid employee of the club. I couldn’t stand my old director but would smile and shake his hand, why? Because not to do so would mean the mortgage not getting paid. I think we need some balance here. It’s not as cut and dried as people would like to make out imo.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      I know we all take pops at certain individuals for cosying up to Ashley but all joking aside he has to go with the serious nature of what he is being accused of here.

      • Martin Rooney

        Even if it’s not true

    • Jezza

      As far as I am concerned there has been a cloud over Beardsley ever since the controversial end to his first spell as a Newcastle player before his move to Liverpool in 1987. I’ll never forget him missing the final few games of a relegation battle with a supposed hamstring injury then running rings round the Brazil national team for England three days after the season ended.

      • Albert Stubbins

        In my opinion he is still our greatest ever player though jezza and surely deserves our support until he’s cleared or if he is found guilty.

  • hetonmag

    Touchy subject this with NUFC being one of the front runners in the kick racism out campaign.

    • Phil

      That is due to olly bernard mainly.

      Pedro must of been out of the office the day it was rolled out at nufc

      • Albert Stubbins

        Wasn’t it set up in Whitley bay in about 1993? Ollie carried the flag but didn’t set it up I’m sure.

        • Phil

          I’m not sure to be honest.

          I used to work at a printers where we printed all of the leaflets, magazines etc.

          I just remember him being there all the time with his wife.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    It now looks like it has gone beyond just one young lad with a grievance with a whole host now coming forward.
    I don’t think he can keep his role after what has went on and along with his chequered past, It is time to show him the door.
    If he was to be keep on it would give out entirely the wrong message although Ashley doesn’t care about such matters with only money being the factor here.
    If the club is heavily involved with “The Kick It Out Campaign” then it has to move quickly to distance itself from the unsavoury incident !

    • Geordiegiants

      Hang a man before proven guilty, we aye!

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Normally I would agree with you if this was the first time it had happened but this is twice now.
        He has already left the club previously to do with the same thing so probably should have never been taken back on for a second spell.
        This is the mismanagement of Ashley yet again at work to employ someone who already had a question mark against them.

        He just isn’t worth the hassle at the end of the day and it might be a different story if he was good at his job.
        Lets face it though he has been terrible on both occasions being employed by the club and should be sacked for the state of the reserves alone before any of this other stuff !

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    I have seen Beardsley and a chap called Foster at talk ins and believe me they are both nasty pieces of work whose sense of humour leaves a lot to be desired.
    They both deserve a good hiding. Be surprised if he is found guilty of racism be more likely he has been picking on certain players by making an example of them in training. However cannot see him coming back from this.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      I have heard similar stories about Beardsley at talk ins bragging about how much money he has where the audience watching him are on the breadline.
      I didn’t believe it at first until it was corroborated by 3 or 4 people who had attended it.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        I could give you examples of what himself and Foster said to older members of the audience but would not print it here. My mates son had not been out for months as was lacking in self esteem and went to see him only to be told he was the fattest person in the room and made him feel ashamed. It took him a long time to get over it . People talked of the night for ages afterwards for all the wrong reasons.

        • Dillon Tovak

          What an a$$hole.

        • Albert Stubbins

          I’ve seen him twice at talk in and he’s the most humble man going. You’re talking absolute balls.

          • Martin Rooney

            Me too a couple of times and he

          • Albert Stubbins

            Agreed. But character assassination from some so called fans before the inquest is incredible. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Let’s here Pedro’s side of the story. Could all be sour grapes for all we know.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            He was a disgrace calling old age pensioners I saw him on the train shortly afterwards at an away game not as brave then. Him and Foster were a disgrace I have people who can back me up he deserves a good hiding.

        • Cockneytrev

          Are you not getting it mixed up with a chubby brown concert?

          • Phil

            Theres no mistaking Peter Beardsley like!! AKA Quasimodo.

            I take that back. I’m not a bully! Not saying Peter is before anybody says it

    • Albert Stubbins

      Why do you go then? Beardsley a nasty piece of work? Lol. Ridiculous unsubstantiated comment.

  • Hughie

    As usual the club manages to generate negative headlines because of its archaic management and PR culture. Football is ramjam full of bullies. You just have to stand on the touchline of virtually any kids match to hear the bullying often abusive foul, sexist, racist language etc by parents, coaches etc. So why has this emerged at NUFC when it will be a daily occurrence at virtually all clubs? This is similar to the transfer budget issue in that no other club at present is being pilloried day after day in the media for not disclosing whether funds are available. It only happens here– why?

    We don’t know what the bullying consisted or even if it was “bullying”– eg. was Beardsley simply repeatedly criticising a player verbally, or was it abusive etc etc. Is the player trying it on, supported by his mates? I expect that Beardsley himself, being oldschool and longer in the tooth, may well have been subject to bullying over the years, which in todays increasingly PC climate would not be tolerated.

    While he remains my favourite NUFC player, the appalling failure to bring young players through the system for years is perhaps in part attributable to Beardsley’s coaching ability, which may be a further reason for him to depart if the club finds him guilty…unless of course it becomes a police matter!! I hope Benitez is involved in any interview with PB, because he appears to many to be about the only person in the hierarchy with a worldly intelligent head on his shoulders capable of making a balanced judgement.

    • Phil

      I agree that generally the world is far to politically correct. I also agree that bullying does happen at all levels of football. But that doesn’t condone it. Just because it happens everywhere it doesn’t make it right and doesn’t mean we should ignore it.

      Whilst things are very PC nowadays it’s got to be better than the previous generations of turning a blind eye …. People ignored a certain Jimmy saville and he managed to escape unpunished for generations. People can’t just behave how they like and have to be accountable

      • Jezza

        Excellent comment.

      • Hughie

        Agreed. I am not condoning it but simply pointing out that the media report is, as udual an over simplistic portrayal of a situation. If he has been “bullying” in the modern interpretation he deserves whatever punishment is appropriate

      • Albert Stubbins

        It seems the more money you have the less accountable you are required by law to be. There’s always been one rule for the rich and one for the poor!!!

        • Leazes

          Tax dodging is no longer a crime its an art.

      • Geordiegiants

        It’s not the world that’s far to politically correct it’s this country, saying that we do need a balance and to stop bullying and the likes, but over the top PCness is making things worse.

        • Phil

          I agree.

          Hard to get the balance between being over the top and being to quick to bury our heads or turn a blind eye.

          • Geordiegiants

            I notice there is very little on about Trevor Sinclairs racism claim that was proven false. If that was the other way around it would of been front page news.

          • Phil

            He was charged wasn’t he? For racism toward the copper and drunk disorderly etc?

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah, he tried to play the race card and got found guilty himself, very very little has been mentioned on any news outlet. It’s just so wrong how bad the balance is.

          • Phil

            Yeah I only caught it on sky sports’ website. It wasn’t the main story and it wasn’t repeated.

            Imagine if the copper was the one being racist? He would be sacked. Shamed and rightly shown up.

            But Iv got no doubt Trevor Sinclair will be giving us his opinion on a football match on live tv in the not so distant future.

            But because he has suffered racism in the past that excuses him. Or that’s what the excuse will be for his behaviour.

            Think it is a generation thing but I have never really understood racism. The colour of some bodies skin does not bother me one little bit. Casual racism seems to be popular for my generation. Which is just as bad

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            I have a picture of Trevor Sinclair with some of my pals enjoying a herbal cigarette when on holiday in Ibiza. He played for Blackpool at the time, before he joined QPR.

            In fairness, he was a good lad.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I’m not so sure about that. He’s lost his job on the BBC and a quick Google search reveals reports from The Guardian, Telegraph, Mirror, Sun, Daily Mail and BBC all on the first page. Hardly a cover up.

          • Geordiegiants

            Look at H&M this morning, come on man, it’s ok for a white kid to wear that hoody? FFS its just ridiculous. It’s a kids hoody with an inoccent message.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Give over man. You’re probably a spot on bloke and we’d enjoy a pint and a bit craic about the footy but you’re coming across a right dinosaur here mind. Whoever put that kid in that hoody is probably thick as mince rather than racist as it’s doubtful H&M would want to deliberately lose business. An entire race of people were enslaved and forced to endure vile treatment to further another race’s ambitions and called derogatory terms like “monkey”. Believe me I’m not really a PC person and agree with you that it often goes way too far but common sense and a little bit of sensitivity should have dictated that bairn was not photographed in that hoody. Anyone who would knock up a photo shoot like that is either racist, daft as a brush or just completely ignorant of history. It’s probably the latter.

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah but that craic has gone now, infactbyears ago that sort of craic, when was the last time you heard anyone mention a monkey and a black person in a derogatory way? It’s a kids hoody with a cheeky monkey message on man. I use that term probably every day to my little ones, yes years ago it was a derogatory term to a black person, but surely we have moved and time has moved on and it’s a harmless hoody these days. I look at it as racist that the people are complaining and saying what are you doing putting that top on a kid that looks like a monkey. It’s all just to much, we need to find a balance, that kids parents would of been there, and they never chose to say any thing about it when it was going on, they obviously weren’t offended by it. It’s just the extreme lefty snowflakes man m8.

          • Geordiegiants

            Had to get back to you on this one m8. I see the parents have come out today and said its well over the top, Dinosaur opinion is the racism claim for wearing that top.
            I had wrote a reply saying the parent would surely of been there amongst other things, but it seems my post was deleted for some reason.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Aye fair play maybe you’re reet, I don’t know. It’s hard to tell as I wasn’t offended in the first place but I don’t think I get to make that decision, I’m white and I’ve never been discriminated against as far as I know, I was just trying to understand the viewpoint of others that maybe might take exception to it. To be fair I do say above in my reply to you that I doubt the people doing the shoot are racist and more that they are probably just thick as mince. I do stand by that even though I actually also call my 2 year old monkey. I just reckon a bit of common sense wouldn’t have gone amiss given the negative connotations of the word and the terrible history of slavery. It’s a term of endearment for toddlers aye but it’s easily misconstrued so in a photo where you can’t explain context you’d gan more canny. Anyway shall we get back to the footy eh? Haha.

          • Geordiegiants

            Cheers m8, I just feel so passionately about it all, I’m sick and tired of this over correctness. We should all be treat as equals. Anyway HTL!

          • Geordiegiants

            We aye if you type in his name but hardly front page news m8. If it was the other way around it would make front page of the sun, Mirror etcetc paper version.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Sorry but I’ve got to disagree. The bloke drank drive and then made a proper tool of himself, calling racist when it was actually him being racist, probably due to him being drunk. We’ve all acted in ways we wouldn’t have sober, not that I’ve ever gone anywhere near that far personally. He’s paid the price – deservedly lost his job, been plastered all over the media and has been arrested and charged. With everything going on in the world though it’s nowhere near front page news and if he wasn’t famous it wouldn’t have even got near the papers. You’re making an issue where there is none.

          • Geordiegiants

            That last sentence yeah, I’m making an issue that isn’t there. Do all of the white people that make a racist comment not get drunk or angry etc etc and not mean it, not deserve to be branded and shamed? They are labelled and shamed beyond belief. Look at the Chelsea boys on the train a few years ago, drunk, euphoric caught in the moment, it was all over the news European wide, it has to be balanced not one sided. Sinclair racially abused the police and could of killed someone, and thought he was above the law. I’m all for people to be treat fairly, but for all to be treat fairly is the point I’m trying to make. I also detest the people that label someone a racist without race being mentioned, just because they don’t agree with what someone else is saying. A shift in the way things are dealt with is what’s needed, it will stop the rising of the far right that is growing day by day.

          • Leazes

            It looks as if there are witnesses to Beardo’s doings.

      • Leazes

        The world isn’t ‘politically correct’ its largely undemocratic, fearful, prejudiced and manipulated by ignorance (fake news), bigots and those with wealth and vested interests to keep it so.

    • kingfisher

      Good post Hughie.I can’t see Pedro being racist or bullying in front of others. A lot of these young lads live in a bubble and no doubt have the “do you know who I am” syndrome.There is an old adage : Sticks and stones may break my bones,but words they cannot hurt me”.If this had happened in the good old days,someone like big John McNamee would have done more than called them a few names.
      Two of my favourite players ever to play for Newcastle have to be Tony Green,(career cut short through injury after only 29 or so games.) and Supermac who turned 68 on 7th January .Happy days !

  • Peaky Magpie

    Loved Beardsley as a player but I bet Rafa has to watch what he says/does,Pedro will be Fatty’s ears/eyes at the training ground.

    • Leazes

      He’s one of Ryders insiders dunno about fatty.

  • Kev-82

    Even if innocent I don’t know how Beardsley can continue in his role from this. If proven innocent and kept on, how toxic is it going to be in the reserves when there is a number of the players backing El-Mhanni? Either he’s guilty and is sacked or innocent and going to have to walk.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      If he’s innocent, he can’t be made to walk but a different role may be more suitable