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.