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Peter Beardsley returns to football in north east after serving FA ban

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It is almost two years to the day since Peter Beardsley was banned from football by The FA.

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).

On 19 September 2019 The FA handing down a 32 week ban (see below) 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.

The FA statement also revealing that: ‘Mr Beardsley has also been ordered to complete a face-to-face education course.’

The FA ban ran until towards the end of April 2020 by which time of course we were all in the middle of the covid nightmare, with restrictions on our home and working lives.

With virus restrictions now very much relaxed, Peter Beardsley has announced a return to the north east football scene.

The former Newcastle United star is hosting a soccer school in the October half-term holiday.

Another former NUFC player, Kenny Wharton, will also be involved, with the soccer school to be held at Kingston Park, home of the Newcastle Falcons.

Newcastle Falcons site:

‘Peter Beardsley soccer school to be hosted at Kingston Park

Peter Beardsley is set to host a soccer school at Kingston Park during October half term,

The weeklong programme will provide children from 6-14 years old with the chance to take part in engaging football training session run by the former Newcastle United star. The structured sessions are designed to help participants hone their skills in a fun environment and provide them with small group mentoring from expert coaches, including former Newcastle player Ken Wharton.

Peter Beardsley said: “It’s great to be able to organise sessions like this with the help of Kingston Park. After the last year and half, it’s more important than ever to make sure our kids are out and about in the school holidays, and we’re delighted to be able to offer this training to the North East community.”

Each day the sessions will cover training for passing and receiving techniques, shooting, running with the ball and penalties, as well as small team games.

The sessions will run from Monday 25th – Friday 29th October from 10am until 4pm. Attendees will need to bring packed lunches and refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Single sessions will be priced at £15 per child or alternatively, you will be able to block book the whole week for £60 per child.

All staff will be DBS checked and FA qualified.

You can register you interest in these sessions here.’

The Mag – 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.’

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