Peter Beardsley 'on leave' from Newcastle amid bullying and racism allegations

Peter Beardsley watches Newcastle in the stands

SunSport understands Newcastle were drawn attention to Beardsley's behaviour several weeks ago and a safeguarding representative has travelled with the Under-23s team to matches this season.

A statement issued through his solicitors said: "Peter Beardsley is aware of inaccurate media reports which result from unauthorised leaks".

Sources revealed at the weekend that 22-year-old midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni had lodged a complaint of bullying against former England global Beardsley, and it has since emerged that further allegations have been made.

Former England global Peter Beardsley is stepping down from his role as under-23s coach at Newcastle it was announced Tuesday, JAN. 9, 2017, while being investigated over allegations of bullying and racism.

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

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"Allegations of unfair treatment have been made, which are now being investigated".

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

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

He was cleared of bullying allegations by the Premier League in 2003 during his first spell as a coach.

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