Sunday 22 April 2018

Bullying probe continues at Newcastle after allegations made against Beardsley

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley is continuing to interview potential witnesses.

Soccer – Barclays Premier League – Newcastle United v Burnley – St James’ Park
Soccer – Barclays Premier League – Newcastle United v Burnley – St James’ Park

By Damian Spellman

An investigation into an allegation of bullying against Newcastle Under-23s coach Peter Beardsley is ongoing as club officials interview potential witnesses.

The probe, which was sparked by a complaint from 22-year-old midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and backed by several team-mates, was launched last month.

Press Association Sport understands managing director Lee Charnley is continuing the process of speaking to Academy staff having already met both 57-year-old Beardsley and his accusers, and that the his focus is is solely on the club’s youth set-up.

The former Magpies and England star, who denies the allegations, agreed to take leave while evidence was gathered.

In the wake of El-Mhanni’s complaint, it is understood a series of other complaints was received by the club.

Beardsley made more than 300 appearances for Newcastle in two spells and won 59 caps for England.

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