Newcastle United have announced that Yasin Ben El-Mhanni  has celebrated his 23rd birthday by joining Scunthorpe United.

The winger joins the League One club some four months after NUFC decided not to renew his two year contract.

Shortly into his two year deal it has been previously claimed (see below) that the bullying of the player  by Peter Beardsley started.

It being now almost a year ago since the story broke in the press with Yasin Ben El-Mhanni at the heart of claims against Beardsley.

Back in January, Newcastle United revealed that Peter Beardsley would ‘take a period of leave’ whilst an investigation would happen into the allegations.

It is now coming up to 11 months since the club started that investigation and still no resolution to the issue.

Beardsley has always maintained his innocence and whatever the eventual outcome, it does seem ridiculous that Newcastle United have still not brought this matter to a conclusion.

Newcastle United official announcement:

‘Former Newcastle United winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni has completed a move to League One side Scunthorpe United.

The 23-year-old, who spent two years at St. James’ Park before being released in the summer, has now linked up with the Iron, penning a deal which will keep him at Glanford Park until the end of the season.

Former Barnet and Lewes wideman El-Mhanni joined the Magpies in the summer of 2016, and featured primarily for the club’s under-23 side.

He made his first team debut for United in an FA Cup third round replay victory over Birmingham City in January 2017, before going on to feature in the fourth round defeat at Oxford United in what was his second and final senior outing for the Magpies.

El-Mhanni could make his bow for Scunthorpe when they take on Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.’

The Mag – 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.’