There as been an ‘exclusive’ update on Tuesday morning regarding the Peter Beardsley situation at Newcastle United.
The former Newcastle star is currently suspended by the club as allegations of bullying and racially abusing young players are looked into.
The Mirror ‘exclusive’ claims that the club are set to ‘stand by him over bullying and racism allegations’ but then go on to confusingly add, that Newcastle United still haven’t made a decision.
The last we heard on the situation was in early June, when after newspaper reports claimed to have knowledge of the findings of the inquiry into his behaviour, solicitors working for Peer Beardsley issued a statement (see below) warning the media as to what they were reporting.
Nothing ever seems to move quickly at Newcastle United and this situation has now been ongoing for the best part of the year.
In the meantime the main player making the allegations, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, has been released by the club.
This was taken by much of the press as being a result of his making the claims of bullying. However, he was at the end of his contract and simply one of a large number of young players released, El-Mhanni having done nothing to suggest he was good enough to be kept on.
Rafa Benitez obviously has far bigger concerns at the moment but his pleas for a major Academy revamp have also fallen on deaf ears at Newcastle United, so like everything else at the club under Mike Ashley, we will just struggle on with under-investment right through the club.
‘Peter Beardsley could be back at Newcastle’s academy this season with the club set to stand by him over bullying and racism allegations.
The 57-year-old Toon legend has been suspended by the club since January, but the Magpies have yet to take a decision on his future.
Instead, the player who made his complaints official last autumn – winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni – has since been released by the club.
There is growing frustration within the club and among parents of players in the academy that the investigation – initially expected to last weeks – has gone on for months.
Mirror Sport revealed exclusively in January that the former England forward was being investigated by club chiefs after Ben El-Mhanni’s official complaint.
In January it emerged that an appeal – contrary to the club’s initial findings – ruled Beardsley did make discriminatory comments and that his treatment of Ben El-Mhanni was “generally unfair”.
A hearing into racism allegations also took place in May. Beardsley has consistently denied the charges, despite written statements made by several academy players in January.’
The Mag – 7 June 2018:
The statement released by Farleys Solicitors on behalf of Peter Beardsley:
“Peter Beardsley is aware of media reports which result from unauthorised leaks.
“Peter Beardsley has no knowledge of the reported ‘findings’ of unfair treatment and discriminatory comments by him towards Newcastle United Football Club’s Under-23 players including Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.
“Peter Beardsley categorically denies the allegations.
“Peter Beardsley will not be making any further comment at the present time.
“Peter respectfully requests that his privacy and that of his family is respected.
“As Peter Beardsley’s legal representatives, we will be monitoring media and broadcasting coverage carefully.”