Peter Beardsley charged by FA with using racist language towards youth players

Peter Beardsley has been charged by the Football Association with using racist and abusive language towards youth team players during his time in charge of Newcastle Under-23s.

“It is alleged Mr Beardsley used abusive and/or insulting words towards Newcastle United FC Under 23 players, which were contrary to FA Rule E3(1), whilst employed as their coach,” said a statement from the FA.

“It is further alleged these words also constituted an ‘aggravated breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality.”

A formal complaint was made about Beardsley by midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, who has since left the club, in January last year. The 58-year-old Beardsley has denied the allegations. “I’m not a bully and I’m not a racist,” Beardsley said at a public appearance in Gateshead this month.

Beardsley left his role as Newcastle Under-23 coach this month having been placed on gardening leave on 9 January 2018. He has until 12 April to respond.


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