Newcastle United's Peter Beardsley to take leave amid racism and bullying claims

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A statement has now been put out by Newcastle, who say via their official site: "After discussions with Peter Beardsley this morning it has been agreed that he will take a".

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

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

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.

Magpies winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni lodged a complaint against Beardsley at the weekend but further accusations have since been made against the former England worldwide. It is hoped the investigation will conclude quickly.

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The Toon Under-23s boss met with the club's managing director Lee Charnley and head of safeguarding Steve Swinyard at St James' Park on Monday afternoon, leaving around 3.30pm. The complainants are due to give their evidence this week.

Newcastle United are investigating Peter Beardsley after African players in the clubs academy made accusations of racism against him.

In 2003, Beardsley and then-academy directorKenny Wharton were cleared of bullying three youth players at the club's academy, with racial abuse mentioned in one case.

Neither Beardsley or the club are commenting on the allegations.

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