As confirmed by the Daily Mail, an independent panel has found that Newcastle U-23 coach Peter Beardsley WAS guilty of discrimination towards youngster Yasin Ben El-Mhanni – and the 57-year-old has been hit with a five-month suspension as a result.
Beardsley denied all the allegations – with it emerging in January that he’d been accused of bullying and racism by several youth players at NUFC – however today’s confirmation suggests he did in fact act inappropriately towards 22-year-old winger El-Mhanni.
The youngster made an official complaint at the start of the year and the Mail claim that there’s ‘frustration among club staff and academy players that the investigation has been allowed to drag on for so long’.
Ironically, El-Mhanni has finally had the case resolved, however the player himself has already been told he’ll be released from the club this summer – whilst Beardsley could yet be back after his five-month suspension.
Exclusive: Independent appeal finds Peter Beardsley did make discriminatory comments & his treatment of Yasin Ben El-Mhanni was "generally unfair". NUFC investigation into U23s coach continues & allegations of racism were revisited in hearing last month. https://t.co/DD2ePoTPKW
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) June 5, 2018
It’s a pretty said situation really and very disappointing to see a legend of the club found guilty of such claims.
What do you make of it all folks? Should he have been sacked or is this suspension fair?