Peter Beardsley vows to prove innocence after bullying and racism allegations

Doug Mendoza
January 11, 2018

A statement made by the 56-year-old's lawyers read: "Peter Beardsley is aware of inaccurate media reports which result from unauthorised leaks".

It is not the first time he has found himself at the centre of claims of unfair treatment during his time working with Newcastle's youth players.

Peter Beardsley says he "categorically denies" allegations of bullying and racism.

"After discussions with Peter Beardsley this morning it has been agreed... Peter respectfully request that his privacy and that of his family is respected".

Former England global Peter Beardsley stepped down from his role as under-23s coach at Newcastle on Tuesday while being investigated over allegations of bullying and racism.

Yasin Ben El-Mhanni
NEWCASTLE UNITED Yasin Ben El Mhanni has spoken out

"It would be inappropriate for the club to comment further until the conclusion of this investigation".

Press Association Sport understands he reported to the club's training ground as usual on Tuesday morning, but was summoned to the stadium once again with the announcement following several hours later.

Winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, 22, claims he has been bullied by the England and Toon legend.

It later emerged accusations had also been made by other players against Beardsley, who has been in his present position since 2009.

Beardsley, who as a player represented clubs such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Everton, denies the allegations.

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