This FA investigation came after the club failed to give clear reasons as to why he was officially relieved of his duties earlier this month – but this update suggests he really is guilty after all.
Here’s the full statement from the FA today:
“Peter Beardsley has been charged with three breaches of FA Rule E3.
“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.
“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.
“He has until Friday 12 April 2019 to provide a response.”
This is disappointing news, in what has been a shambolic saga. Newcastle have been indecisive and allowed this to rumble on for over 18 months before relieving Beardsley of his duties and stories have even emerged recently that NUFC didn’t investigate similar claims made against the coach as far back as 2003.
With the FA pressing formal charges it appears there is foundation to these claims – tarnishing someone, who as a player, was a club legend. The lack of breakthrough players from our academy is there for all to see over the last decade; no coincidence if this was the culture that was allowed on the academy training ground.
The claims continue to add up against Beardsley and hopefully the truth will prevail over the coming months but this appears to be another tale of incompetence and neglect form the club under the stewardship of Ashley. What compounds matters is the PR own goal NUFC always seem to mange – quite why it took so to to investigate and then not update fans is beyond me. This will go down as yet another sorry chapter of off field mismanagement under Ashley, just when things on the field are picking up.