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Peter Beardsley to miss out on England invitation due to ban for racist comments – Report ‘confirms’

4 years ago

Peter Beardsley will be conspicuous by his absence on Thursday night.

England taking on Montenegro at Wembley and it coincides with being the national side’s 1000th international match.

The FA inviting a host of former managers and players to help celebrate the landmark.

On Tuesday, both the Express and the Star are claiming Peter Beardsley missing the game as an ‘exclusive’ on their back pages.

Whilst it also makes the back page of The Mirror, all three newspapers having the same owner.

The Mirror report:

‘The former Liverpool and Newcastle forward was found guilty of “racially abusing black players while he was coach of Newcastle United Under-23s – although he strenuously denied the claims”, reports the Daily Mirror.

The panel concluded that Beardsley was ‘not a racist’ but that the incidents in question were ‘obviously racist and wholly unacceptable’.

The ban expires on April 29, 2020 and it is understood that the FA decided on balance that it would not be appropriate for him to join his former international colleagues at this showpiece occasion.’

The newspapers today say that ‘all’ players with 50 caps or more had been invited.

Whilst the story was actually broken over three weeks ago (see below) by The Times, who said ‘all’ former England captains had been invited.

The ‘all’ in either instance not referring to Peter Beardsley of course as according to the newspapers, although he qualified on both counts – 59 caps and captaining his country once.

The Mag – 20 October 2019:

Last month, we finally saw a conclusion  to the Peter Beardsley saga.

Almost two years after the Newcastle United coach had first been put on gardening leave, after claims of bullying and racist comments to young players were made (read the background below).

The FA handing down a 32 week ban from all football related activities after finding Peter Beardsley guilty of making racist comments.

The FA finding that Beardsley had called one black player a ‘monkey’ as well as telling young black players they should be good at climbing trees when on a club visit to a ‘Go-Ape’ centre.

Whilst The FA ban hasn’t prevented Peter Beardsley from attending football talk-ins, Martyn Ziegler of The Times says it will be a different matter when it comes to official England business.

When England play Montenegro at Wembley on 14 November next month, it will be the national team’s 1,000th official match.

The FA want to make a big thing of it and are inviting the great and the good of the English game, including gathering dozens of England stars from Sir Bobby Charlton to David Beckham, including all living captains.

However, with the ban and the current climate, especially after what just happened in Bulgaria,they are in a very difficult position with Peter Beardsley.

The man from The Times points out that Peter Beardsley did captain England on one occasion, Sir Bobby Robson giving him the captain’s armband for a game against Israel in February 1988, one of Beardsley’s 59 caps.

But it is in a difficult position over Beardsley, right, the former Liverpool and Newcastle United forward, who won 59 caps and led England in a match against Israel in February 1988 under Sir Bobby Robson.

Martyn Ziegler reporting that Peter Beardsley is set to be the only England captain not invited, due to his ban for racist comments.’


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