‘Most of you will realise I’m not a bully and I’m not a racist’: Peter Beardsley speaks for the first time since his Newcastle United axing over allegations of bullying and racism
- Newcastle United axed coach Peter Beardsley earlier this month
- He had been suspended since last January amid claims of bullying and racism
- FA are now investigating him after club’s internal probe didn’t disclose findings
- The 58-year-old still appeared at ‘An Evening with Peter Beardsley‘ this weekend
- In front of 150 fans, Beardsley said: ‘I’m not a bully and I’m not a racist’
Peter Beardsley has spoken for the first time since being axed by Newcastle United and he has hit back at allegations of racism and bullying.
The 58-year-old was shown the door by the Magpies earlier this month having been suspended since last January after several academy players made claims against him.
The Football Association are now investigating Beardsley after they were unsatisfied with the club’s internal probe, which failed to disclose its findings despite his employment being terminated.
Former Newcastle United coach Peter Beardsley has said that he is neither a racist nor a bully
But Beardsley still appeared at ‘An Evening with Peter Beardsley‘ this weekend at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead, where he addressed the allegations in front of 150 fans.
‘Thank you for coming, I really mean that. Most of you in this room will realise that I’m not a bully and I’m not a racist,’ he said.
Sportsmail revealed last week that the parents of seven academy players raised concerns about the former England star as far back as 2002 but felt their complaints were not taken seriously by the club.
And Beardsley referenced our presence at the event, as he added: ‘Everybody in the city of Newcastle has been amazing, for 15 months, they’ve been amazing. There are certain people in this room who haven’t, but that’s just the way it is.
‘I know what I am and everybody who knows me, my family, my friends, knows what I am. I’m comfortable with what I am.
‘It is what it is, I’m just ready to move on.’
Beardsley, pictured at an event in 2016, spoke at ‘An Evening with Peter Beardsley’ this week
Beardsley, though, is unlikely to be allowed to take up a position within the game until the FA’s investigation is complete.
Former police officer Jenni Kennedy is leading the probe and the governing body’s head of integrity will also take a close look at Newcastle’s handling of the case, which has come in for criticism from the likes of anti-discrimination charity Kick it Out.
Beardsley requested that no audience members asked questions about the allegations and instead he told stories of his playing days for around an hour. He revealed that John Barnes was the best team-mate he ever played alongside.
Tickets had been priced at £65 but were slashed to £12 last week as organisers attempted to fill the room.
He is due to appear at a similar event at former club Carlisle United later this month.
Newcastle axed Beardsley earlier this month but he had been suspended since last January
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