STEVE STONE is the latest ex-Premier League star caught up in a bullying row.

The former England midfielder, 48, has not been in the dugout for TWO GAMES as Burnley Under-23 boss.

 Former Villa and Forest battler Steve Stone is thought to be at the centre of a complaint from a Clarets youngster over alleged bullying

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Former Villa and Forest battler Steve Stone is thought to be at the centre of a complaint from a Clarets youngster over alleged bullyingCredit: Rex Features

SunSport understands a complaint has been made to the club over Stone.

The Clarets have refused to comment on Stone’s absence and insist he has not been suspended at Turf Moor.

At least one youngster has been upset at treatment under Stone, who has been at the club for a year.

He has guided them to third place in their Professional Development League this season but it was assistant coach Andy Farrell who took charge in the 1-1 draw at Leeds on Monday evening.

Stone is another high-profile name this season to have their their coaching methods under the spotlight.

All of them have a Newcastle connection, with Craig Bellamy apologising recently after a Cardiff investigation into bullying found “a number of significant concerns”.

Ex-England striker Peter Beardsley was suspended from all football-related activity for 32 weeks for making racist comments to players while coaching Newcastle Under-23s.

An FA panel found Beardsley guilty on three counts, including making a monkey reference

Stone was first-team coach at St James’ Park under Alan Pardew and was at the club at the same time as Beardsley.

As a player, Stone spend ten years with Nottingham Forest before spells with Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Leeds.

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