After being handed a ‘period of leave’ by the club following allegations of racism and bullying towards U-23 players, Peter Beardsley has ‘categorically denied’ the claims in a strong statement of his own.
The probe was triggered after 22-year-old NUFC winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni lodged a bullying complaint about Beardsley, and it has since been revealed that these allegations included allegations involving racial abuse – including witnesses from fellow African players at the club.
Beardsley has since met club director Lee Charnley and head of safeguarding Steve Swinyard this week and yesterday it was confirmed that he’d been handed a ‘period of leave’ by the club while the case is investigated.
Here’s his statement, seeing him categorically deny the ‘inaccurate claims’:
“Peter Beardsley is aware of inaccurate media reports which result from unauthorised leaks.
“Allegations of unfair treatment have been made, which are currently being investigated. Peter Beardsley categorically denies the allegations. It is hoped the investigation will conclude quickly.
“Peter Beardsley will not be making any further comment at the present time and until investigations conclude. Peter respectfully request that his privacy and that of his family is respected.”
Peter Beardsley has issued a statement through his lawyer categorically denying the allegations made against him #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 9, 2018
A strong denial from Beardsley. Ben El-Mhanni’s representatives have declined to comment according to the Chronicle.
Time for this to be investigated thoroughly by the club before any more judgement is cast on anyone involved. One thing is for sure however – Beardsley will be gone if he’s proven guilty.