Newcastle coach takes 'period of leave' after allegations
Former England star Peter Beardsley has been accused of bullying and racism by players.
Newcastle United coach Peter Beardsley will take a "period of leave" as the club conduct an investigation into accusations made against him by players.
The former England international was asked to attend a meeting with the club's managing director Lee Charnley and head of safeguarding Steve Swinyard.
Winger Yasin Ben El-Mhan, 22, has made a formal complaint to the club over Beardsley alleged bullying of the player and was backed up by a number of statements from other players.
Players who have given statements regarding the alleged bullying and racism will be interviewed by the club in the coming weeks.
After discussions with Peter Beardsley this morning it has been agreed that he will take a period of leave, to commence immediately, whilst the club conducts its investigation into allegations made against him. It would be inappropriate for the club to comment further until the conclusion of this investigation.Newcastle United statement