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Peter Beardsley releases personal statement after FA guilty verdict

4 weeks ago
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Peter Beardsley has released a personal statement on Thursday afternoon.

This followed The FA delivering a guilty verdict (see below) with regard to the long standing allegations regarding his conduct when coaching young players at Newcastle United.

The FA banning Peter Beardsley from football for 32 weeks.

Media Statement on behalf of Peter Beardsley published by Farleys Solicitors:

‘Peter Beardsley is very surprised and disappointed by the decision of the Regulatory Commission. It was almost impossible for Peter to clear his name because of the serious flaws and contamination of evidence that occurred in the Disciplinary process before Newcastle United and by the unusual fact that The FA Rules put the burden of proof on him to prove his innocence in the proceedings.

After a long process which has been unnecessarily protracted, Peter feels vindicated that the Commission has expressly found that he is not a racist. Peter and his legal advisers have been inundated with support from all over the Country, both from fellow professionals of the highest repute including John Barnes, Kevin Keegan, Les Ferdinand and Andrew Cole, as well as other football professionals including managers, coaches, players, and football fans, all of which provided unchallenged evidence to the Commission as to Peter’s good character, the fact that he is not a racist and whatever was said, there was no intent to cause offence.

Peter has had many great years at Newcastle United and despite the circumstances of his dismissal he will always have the Club close to his heart and wishes the fans the success they deserve in the future. Surprisingly, Newcastle United did not provide the relevant training and education for Peter. Peter has always been willing and eager to attend all and any training organised by the Club.

Peter fully appreciates all the support over what has been a difficult period for him and his family, particularly that of previous manager and colleague Arthur Cox. Peter has categorically denied the allegations throughout whilst continuing to honour the contractual obligations of confidentiality to Newcastle United and maintaining his silence which in itself has been very difficult.

With no avenue left open to him to clear his name Peter has no choice but to acknowledge the decision and now looks forward to moving on with his life and resuming his career. He shall respect the sanction imposed and looks forward to returning to work in football, which has been his life, at the end of his suspension.’

The Mag – Earlier today (Thursday 19 September 2019:

Peter Beardsley has been banned from football after being found guilty by The FA.

The former Newcastle star was found guilty by The FA on all three charges relating to his time at St James Park coaching young players.

The decision comes fully 20 months after Peter Beardsley was first put on gardening leave in January 2018 when the allegations were first made.

Beardsley is banned from all football and football-related activity by The FA for 32 weeks, until 29 April 2020.

The FA Statement:

‘An independent Regulatory Commission has suspended Peter Beardsley from all football and football-related activity for a period of 32 weeks until 29 April 2020.

The Football Association [The FA] charged Mr Beardsley with three breaches of FA Rule E3 following the conclusion of initial disciplinary proceedings by Newcastle United FC into allegations of misconduct.

The FA alleged that Mr Beardsley used abusive and/or insulting words, which were contrary to FA Rule E3(1) and constituted an “Aggravated Breach” under FA Rule E3(2) due to reference of ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality, while employed as a coach of the club’s Under-23s team.

All three breaches of FA Rule E3 were denied but subsequently found proven based upon the results and findings of Newcastle United FC’s disciplinary proceedings.

Mr Beardsley has also been ordered to complete a face-to-face education course.’

The Mag – 14 April 2019:

On 22 March 2019, The FA revealed that Peter Beardsley had been charged with three breaches of FA Rule E3.

In their statements they said:

‘It is alleged Mr Beardsley used abusive and/or insulting words towards Newcastle United FC Under 23 players, which were contrary to FA Rule E3(1), whilst employed as their coach.

It is further alleged these words also constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality.’

The FA forced to act after Newcastle United conducted their own investigation, which lasted over a year and then they refused to release their findings.

Instead, the club and Peter Beardsley released synchronised brief statements (see below), simply saying coach and club had gone their separate ways.

The FA gave Peter Beardsley three weeks to provide a response to the charges and the three weeks were up on Friday (12 April).

Newcastle fans now wondering if this week will at last bring a conclusion to an issue that was first flagged up fully fifteen months ago, when it was announced Peter Beardsley was taking gardening leave whilst the claims were investigated by the club.

The Mag – 22 March 2019:

Peter Beardsley has now been charged by The FA.

The governing body has charged the former Newcastle United coach with three breaches of FA Rule E3.

The news relayed via an official statement (see below) on Friday afternoon.

The statement says ‘Peter Beardsley used abusive and/or insulting words towards Newcastle United FC Under 23 players.’

They then add: ‘It is further alleged these words also constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality.’

The swiftness of action by The FA is in stark contrast to Newcastle United, who dragged their heels for 14 months and then refused to reveal the findings of their investigation (see below).

Official FA Statement:

PETER BEARDSLEY HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THREE BREACHES OF FA RULE E3

‘Peter Beardsley has been charged with three breaches of FA Rule E3.

It is alleged Mr Beardsley used abusive and/or insulting words towards Newcastle United FC Under 23 players, which were contrary to FA Rule E3(1), whilst employed as their coach.

It is further alleged these words also constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality.

He has until Friday 12 April 2019 to provide a response.’

The Mag – 17 March 2019:

Newcastle United refused to release the findings of their investigation into allegations of bullying and racism by Peter Beardsley.

Instead, the (now former) coach and club released simultaneous short statements (see below) 11 days ago, simply saying that they had parted company.

Nothing revealed of what NUFC’s 14 month investigation had decided.

This then forced the Football Association to act, once it was clear Newcastle United wouldn’t bring a proper conclusion to the matter.

Former police officer Jenni Kennedy is leading the FA’s investigation into what did or didn’t happen with Peter Beardsley at the club, she is the governing body’s head of integrity.

The football club’s handling of the investigation will also be looked into.

In the meantime, Peter Beardsley has taken on a number of public engagements, the first of which was a talk-in this weekend.

The former Newcastle player and coach ‘happy’ to speak abut the matter at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead.

Peter Beardsley speaking at Hilton Hotel talk-in this weekend, as reported by The Mail:

“Thank you for coming, I really mean that. Most of you in this room will realise that I’m not a bully and I’m not a racist.

“Everybody in the city of Newcastle has been amazing, for 15 months, they’ve been amazing.

“There are certain people [referring to journalists] in this room who haven’t but that’s just the way it is.

“I know what I am and everybody who knows me, my family, my friends, knows what I am. I’m comfortable with what I am.

“It is what it is, I’m just ready to move on.”

The simple truth is though, how can anybody move on until there is a proper conclusion to the matter? Newcastle fans and the young players who made the accusations, they all need to find out what the conclusions of the investigation are, as does Peter Beardsley himself.

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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