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Men's Football Kick It Out demand Newcastle transparency over investigation into Peter Beardsley

Kick It Out repeated the call for Newcastle to be “transparent about the findings of their own investigation” into former coach Peter Beardsley after the Football Association charged him with racially abusing a youth-team player.

The former Newcastle and England player was placed on paid leave last January while an investigation was held into accusations of bullying made by midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, who has since left the club, in January last year.

Beardsley has denied the accusation but was released from the club earlier this month, with the FA confirming at the time that they were still investigating the bullying claims.

With the FA charging Beardsley yesterday, Kick It Out called for Newcastle to reveal what they found during their investigation. 

Kick It Out told the Star: “We note the fact The FA have charged Peter Beardsley following allegations of racist abuse towards Under-23 players at Newcastle United and repeat our call for the club to be transparent about the findings of their own investigation into this case.”

Speaking at an event at the start of the month, Beardsley said: “I’m not a bully, and I’m not a racist.”

The former player has until April 12 to respond to the charges.

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