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Beardsley steps down from Newcastle job during investigation

January 9, 2018

FILE - A Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 file photo showing Newcastle United's Peter Beardsley ahead of their English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Burnley at St James' Park, Newcastle, England. Former England international Peter Beardsley is stepping down from his role as under-23s coach at Newcastle it was announced Tuesday, JAN. 9, 2017, while being investigated over allegations of bullying and racism. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)

NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Former England international Peter Beardsley stepped down from his role as under-23s coach at Newcastle on Tuesday while being investigated over allegations of bullying and racism.

Beardsley was questioned on Monday about the allegations during a meeting with officials of the Premier League club. The complainants are due to give their evidence this week.

“He will take a period of leave, to commence immediately, whilst the club conducts its investigation,” Newcastle said on Tuesday.

Beardsley, who scored 119 goals in 326 appearances for Newcastle in two spells as a player, is in his second period as an academy coach with the northeast English club.

“Peter Beardsley is aware of inaccurate media reports which result from unauthorized leaks,” Beardsley’s legal team said in a statement. “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.”

A talented forward, the 56-year-old Beardsley played 59 times for England including at the World Cup in 1986 and 1990.

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