Peter Beardsley leaves Newcastle United following investigation into racism and bullying

Peter Beardsley has left his role at Newcastle (Picture: Getty Images)

Peter Beardsley has left his role as Newcastle United under-23 manager after a lengthy investigation into allegations of racism and bullying.

The 58-year-old had been under investigation since January 2018 after he was accused by Newcastle player Yasin Ben El-Mhanni of conducting a sustained campaign to humiliate him.

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Beardsley has been suspended on full pay since then, but is no longer employed by the club, for whom he made over 250 league appearances for.

The club released a statement on Wednesday which read: ‘Newcastle United can confirm that Peter Beardsley is no longer employed by the club.

Beardsley has ‘honoured my contractual obligations of confidentiality’ (Picture: Getty Images)

‘We are grateful for the contribution Peter has given over the years as a player, coach and ambassador and we wish him well for the future.

‘The club will make no further comment at this time.’

Beardsley has always denied the claims that were brought forward by Ben El-Mhanni, and were also raised in written statements from other academy players.

In June 2018, an independent appeal ruled that Beardsley had made discriminatory comments to Ben El-Mhanni and that his treatment of him was ‘generally unfair’.

Ben El-Mhanni left the club last summer and now plays for Scunthorpe United.

Peter Beardsley’s statement after leaving Newcastle

‘The time is now right for me to seek a new challenge and I wish the players all the best and the supporters the success they deserve.

‘I have always honoured my contractual obligations of confidentiality to the Club and maintained my silence, which has in itself been very difficult.

‘I am incredibly grateful for the tremendous support I have received and I look forward to the future.’

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