The Football Association has launched a formal investigation into Peter Beardsley, the former England international who left his position as Under-23s coach at Newcastle United last week following bullying complaints made against him by a player.
The investigation will be undertaken by the FA’s compliance department who decide whether there is a case to answer and if so, what any potential charge will be. The 58-year-old agreed to leave Newcastle last Wednesday with the findings of a 14-month internal investigation into his conduct not made public.
With Beardsley currently not working in football, the scope of the FA’s potential sanctions against him would be limited, although they could ban him from working in the game for a period which would delay any return to football. Previously the FA has not commented on the Beardsley case other than to say that it was looking into it but with Newcastle unlikely to take any further action, it falls to the governing body to decide whether rules have been broken.
In a statement the FA said: “We can confirm that the FA is investigating the allegations made against Peter Beardsley during his time at Newcastle United. We are not in a position to comment further at this time.”