London (AFP) – Newcastle great Peter Beardsley has agreed to a period of gardening leave whilst the club looks into accusations of racism and bullying levelled at him in his role as the club’s Under-23 coach.
The 56-year-old former England and Liverpool star — who made over 300 appearances for Newcastle in two spells at the club — has been accused of bullying by 22-year-old midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, backed by several team-mates.
It later emerged accusations had also been made by other players against Beardsley, who has been in his present position since 2009.
“After discussions with Peter Beardsley this morning it has been agreed that he will take a period of leave, to commence immediately, whilst the club conducts its investigation into allegations made against him,” read a Newcastle club statement.
“It would be inappropriate for the club to comment further until the conclusion of this investigation.”
It is not the first time Beardsley — a member of the England side that reached the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals and 1990 semi-finals — has been subject to an inquiry over bullying accusations.
In 2003, he and Newcastle Academy director Kenny Wharton were cleared of bullying allegations made by youth players James Beaumont and Ross Gardner by a Premier League inquiry.
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