Newcastle probe bullying allegation against Beardsley

Yasin Ben El Mhanni warms up during the Newcastle United Training Session at The Newcastle./Ph. DR

He remains in his post while the investigation continues with club officials taking evidence from players relating to Beardsley's alleged misconduct.

Ben El-Mhanni was also contacted by a Newcastle ex-player who also announced that he was also bullied by the same coach.

Beardsley made more than 300 appearances for his home-town club in two spells during a glittering career which also took him to Manchester United, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City.

Beardsley, 56, met with the club's managing director Lee Charnley and head of safeguarding Steve Swinyard at St James' Park yesterday afternoon, leaving around 3.30pm.

22-year-old Yasin Ben El-Mhanni signed for Newcastle in 2016 after first making his name showing off his soccer skills on the internet and doubling for Ronaldo and Neymar in television commercials.

Saturday morning sees worrying claims that Peter Beardsley has been accused of a sustained campaign of bullying against one young Newcastle player. The player says he was also bullied by Beardsley and has told El-Mhanni he is right to speak out.

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"It would be inappropriate for the club to comment further until the conclusion of this investigation".

'Peter Beardsley is under investigation at Newcastle amid allegations of bullying.

It emerged at the weekend that 22-year-old winger Yasin Ben El-Mhanni had made a formal complaint, backed by statements from teammates, and the investigation has broadened since.

El-Mhanni's complaint will be heard at a grievance meeting on Thursday.

He rejoined the academy as a coach in 2009.