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The FA now launch own investigation into Peter Beardsley racism and bullying allegations

5 months ago

Newcastle United have so far failed to make public the findings of their investigation into the allegations of racism and bullying with regard to Peter Beardsley.

The investigation came about after a number of young  players made claims.

After 14 months of Peter Beardsley on gardening  leave, last Wednesday the coach and the club released coordinated press releases.

Both brief statements (see below) confirmed they had gone their separate ways but failed to inform anybody as to what the conclusions of the investigation had been.

Not surprisingly, there has been a backlash against Newcastle United’s handling of the matter, with both fans and undoubtedly the young  players who made the allegations, bemused at the club’s failure to be transparent.

Now The Telegraph newspaper have revealed that The FA have began their own investigation…

Monday night report from The Telegraph:

The Football Association has launched a formal investigation into Peter Beardsley, the former England international who left his position as Under-23s coach at Newcastle United last week following bullying complaints made against him by a player.

The investigation will be undertaken by the FA’s compliance department who decide whether there is a case to answer and if so, what any potential charge will be. The 58-year-old agreed to leave Newcastle last Wednesday with the findings of a 14-month internal investigation into his conduct not made public.

With Beardsley currently not working in football, the scope of the FA’s potential sanctions against him would be limited, although they could ban him from working in the game for a period which would delay any return to football.

Previously the FA has not commented on the Beardsley case other than to say that it was looking into it but with Newcastle unlikely to take any further action, it falls to the governing body to decide whether rules have been broken.

In a statement the FA said:

“We can confirm that the FA is investigating the allegations made against Peter Beardsley during his time at Newcastle United.

“We are not in a position to comment further at this time.”

The Mag – 8 March 2019:

Wednesday saw an outrageous attempt by Newcastle United to draw a line under the 14 month investigation concerning Peter Beardsley.

Beardsley had been on gardening leave since January 2018 after allegations of racism and bullying made by young players.

Coordinated press releases appeared from both NUFC and Peter Beardsley on Wednesday afternoon, confirming that the two had gone their separate ways (see below).

However, the club have not revealed what the actual findings of the investigation are.

Anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out have now challenged Newcastle United.

Kick It Out have said that the club have to make public the reasons as to why Peter Beardsley has left the club.

Stating there is a desperate need for the club to be transparent, the charity says it ‘would welcome a swift and informative outcome for all involved.’

If Newcastle United think that this issue is going away without being properly addressed, they had better think again.

BBC Sport report today:

Kick it Out says it is “concerned” Newcastle have not outlined the reasons why Peter Beardsley left the club following racism and bullying claims.

Under-23s coach Beardsley, 58, had been on leave since a club investigation started 14 months ago.

The former Newcastle and England forward has “categorically denied” the claims but the Premier League club have not disclosed their findings.

Kick it Out, an anti-discrimination charity, said it would “encourage” the club to be “transparent” if Beardsley left as a result of the allegations.

Beardsley faced multiple complaints, including one of bullying by 22-year-old academy midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.

Since Beardsley left the club, the Football Association said: “The allegations made against Peter Beardsley continue to be under consideration by the FA.”

Kick It Out said in a statement: “We are continuing to ascertain what the FA’s investigation includes and would welcome a swift and informative outcome for all involved.”

In 2003, Beardsley and academy director Kenny Wharton faced a Premier League investigation over allegations of bullying made by youth players James Beaumont and Ross Gardner but the case was dismissed.’

Peter Beardsley official statement released via his legal representatives – 6 March 2019:

“The time is now right for me to seek a new challenge and I wish the players all the best and the supporters the success they deserve.

“I have always honoured my contractual obligations of confidentiality to the Club and maintained my silence, which has in itself been very difficult.

“I am incredibly grateful for the tremendous support I have received and I look forward to the future.”

Newcastle United official statement – 6 March 2019

“Newcastle United can confirm that Peter Beardsley is no longer employed by the club.

“We are grateful for the contribution Peter has given over the years as a player, coach and ambassador and we wish him well for the future.

“The club will make no further comment at this time.”


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