Newcastle's Peter Beardsley takes 'period of leave' as bullying investigation continues

Newcastle's Peter Beardsley takes 'period of leave' as bullying investigation continues

Newcastle's Peter Beardsley takes 'period of leave' as bullying investigation continues

Beardsley made more than 300 appearances for his home-town club in two spells during a glittering career which also took him to Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City.

Beardsley is aware of the allegations but has yet to comment.

Newcastle have announced that coach Peter Beardsley will take "a period of leave" while the club continue their investigation into him.

The Magpies confirmed at the weekend that an investigation had been launched after 22-year-old midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni made a formal complaint against the under-23s coach, backed by some of the club's young African players.

Peter Beardsley has found himself the subject of an investigation after being accused of bullying and racism.

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The complainants are due to give their evidence later this week. It is hoped the investigation will conclude quickly.

The club are not commenting on the matter, but it is understood that a grievance meeting has been scheduled.

Beardsley, who is coach of the club's under-23 team, is accused of racism and bullying.

Beardsley was questioned on Monday about the allegations during a meeting with officials of the Premier League club.

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.

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