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Former Newcastle United forward Peter Beardsley has been suspended from all football-related activity for 32 weeks for making racist comments to players.

Ex-England man Beardsley called one black player "a monkey" while Newcastle's Under-23s coach and joked about climbing trees, an independent Football Association panel said.

It added his remarks "were obviously racist and wholly unacceptable".

Beardsley said he was "surprised and disappointed" by the panel's findings.

He was charged by the Football Association with three counts of using racist language to players in March and had "categorically denied" the claims.

He left Newcastle after a 14-month club investigation earlier this year.

The FA panel said in its written reasons: "Even if he did not intend to do so, he plainly did cause offence."

Beardsley, who was capped 59 times by England, has been ordered to complete a face-to-face education course.

However, the panel said it did not believe Beardsley was racist. "We are satisfied that Mr Beardsley is not a racist in the sense of being ill-disposed to persons on grounds of their race or ethnicity," it said.

"He is now 58 years of age. It is also relevant that he has not had the benefit of training and education about offensive racist remarks and the importance of not making them."

One of the witnesses to the "monkey" comment" said: "I don't think Peter meant it as racist, but it came out looking bad as he is a black player."

The panel did, though, say it had "serious reservations about Mr Beardsley's credibility".

One of the aggravating factors in deciding its punishment was that Beardsley had contended that "three of the black players had made up the allegations motivated by financial greed, for which he did not have a shred of evidence".

As a player, Newcastle-born Beardsley enjoyed two spells at his hometown club, making more than 300 appearances, and also played for Liverpool, Everton, Manchester City, Fulham, Bolton, Hartlepool, Doncaster, Carlisle and Vancouver Whitecaps.

All three charges were proven by the panel, which found:
  • Beardsley said: "You should be used to that" to one or more black players of African origin at a team-building event at Go Ape
  • He questioned the legitimacy of the age of black players - "a negative stereotype that players of black African origin commit fraud as to their true age", the FA panel said, and
  • He called a player of black African origin a monkey during a game of head tennis.

Football's anti-discrimination group Kick It Out called on Newcastle to publish its own findings from its internal investigation in the wake of the FA panel's punishment, "and clarify whether he was sacked for racist abuse".

It added: "Beardsley's career in football has no relevance to this case - calling black players monkeys, comparing black players to apes and questioning their true age are all horrific racial stereotypes. Punishment and education is the only way to deal with these matters."

A statement from Beardsley's solicitors released shortly after the verdict was made public said: "Peter Beardsley is very surprised and disappointed by the decision of the Regulatory Commission.

"It was almost impossible for Peter to clear his name because of the serious flaws and contamination of evidence that occurred in the disciplinary process before Newcastle United and by the unusual fact that the FA Rules put the burden of proof on him to prove his innocence in the proceedings.

"After a long process which has been unnecessarily protracted, Peter feels vindicated that the Commission has expressly found that he is not a racist."

It added he had been "inundated with support" from "fellow professionals of the highest repute including John Barnes, Kevin Keegan, Les Ferdinand and Andrew Cole, as well as other football professionals including managers, coaches, players, and football fans, all of which provided unchallenged evidence to the Commission as to Peter's good character, the fact that he is not a racist and whatever was said, there was no intent to cause offence".
19th September 2019 05:59 PM
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Ashley arse licker AND a racist.

Fuck him.
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And I hear he’s going as Justin Trudeau to a fancy dress party
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(19th September 2019 06:42 PM)ToonArmy1892 Wrote: Guests cannot see links in the messages. Please register to forum by clicking here to see links.Ashley arse licker AND a racist.

Fuck him.
He maybe but he was one hell of a player one of the best I have seen at NUFC. It doesn’t excuse his behaviour having said this.
19th September 2019 07:46 PM
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(19th September 2019 07:46 PM)Surreymag Wrote: Guests cannot see links in the messages. Please register to forum by clicking here to see links.
(19th September 2019 06:42 PM)ToonArmy1892 Wrote: Guests cannot see links in the messages. Please register to forum by clicking here to see links.Ashley arse licker AND a racist.

Fuck him.
He maybe but he was one hell of a player one of the best I have seen at NUFC. It doesn’t excuse his behaviour having said this.

he was voted THE best.............why the fuck he wanted to add this shite to tarnish his legendary status is beyond me....in the words of Sonia sutcliffe when she heard her husband was the yorkshire ripper "Ohhh Peter,..... what you been doing that for?"
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Obviously not the brightest, but let's be honest not the best coach either

Name a decent player to come out of the academy before longstaff
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Sir Les and Andrew Cole, both spoke up for Pedro...
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(20th September 2019 05:04 PM)Jinkyjim Wrote: Guests cannot see links in the messages. Please register to forum by clicking here to see links.Sir Les and Andrew Cole, both spoke up for Pedro...

And...
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Peter Beardsley’s downfall, and ultimate disgrace, is arguably as much about a systemic failure at Newcastle United as the shortcomings of one painfully inadequate coach.

In hindsight, the depressing path towards the former England forward’s 32-week suspension from all football activities after the Football Association found him guilty of racially abusing young black players in his care – charges Beardsley denied – was clearly signposted.

Peter Beardsley barred from football for seven months over racist language
It should have been blocked off for good in 2006 when Newcastle’s then manager Glenn Roeder discreetly and diplomatically removed one of the club’s greatest players from his youth development role, shifting him to an ambassadorial post where, by all accounts, Beardsley excelled.


Back then there were no suggestions of racism, more a sense of disquiet about his already dated brand of “tough love” when it came to the man-management of young players.

Yet such concerns had seemingly evaporated by the time of Beardsley’s reinstatement as a junior coach by Newcastle’s owner Mike Ashley in 2009. From then a conspicuous lack of communication and common sense – not to mention emotional intelligence and education – allowed him to continue running his former under-23s fiefdom at Newcastle’s outwardly modern academy base in a 1980s time warp.

This “Life on Mars” type disconnect may explain that, while the FA commission punished him for “three obviously racist remarks” they were satisfied he was “not racist in the sense of being ill-disposed to a person on grounds of their race or ethnicity”.


Those who know Beardsley well believe part of his mindset was stuck back in 1979 and a formative experience under the late Bob Stokoe at Carlisle United. He then was 18 and had broken into the professional game after a stint sweeping floors for £90 a week at a Tyneside factory. Stokoe ruled by crude, military style, discipline and, in an era when football training grounds were often brutal places where senior players delighted in seizing on any perceived weaknesses among teammates, the young newcomer was bullied mercilessly, both physically and mentally.

Teetotal in a hard-drinking habitat and, with that unfashionable pudding bowl haircut instantly setting him apart as a strangely old-fashioned teenager, Beardsley received what was euphemistically known as the “full treatment”.

If the experience toughened him to the point where he was able to impose his once fragile talent to often stunning, bewitchingly shimmying effect at Newcastle, Liverpool and Everton, it also moulded a frequently insensitive coach of the future.


While many young Newcastle footballers would emerge from his school of hard knocks believing that passive-aggressive brand of sometimes scathing, scornful “tough love” – cutting put-downs and sometimes cruel humour rather than conventional shouting and swearing – was the making of them, others floundered in its unforgiving face.

Thirteen years ago Roeder wanted to implement a very different coaching philosophy and, after he confronted Beardsley over their divergence of opinions, the parting of ways proved no surprise.

After all, warning bells had first sounded at St James’ Park in 2003 when, despite Beardsley being cleared of bullying academy players by a Premier League inquiry, disquiet lingered in certain quarters.


Damningly, it was still there when, in January last year, complaints of racism saw him first suspended, then removed, from his post. This time the allegations were more specific – and damaging – but it seemed that his allegedly careless, hurtful, offensive use of language was symptomatic of a wider problem stemming from an era when the term “woke” was still to be coined, football was a “man’s game” and mental health a taboo subject.

If the written submissions defending Beardsley’s character supplied to the FA by colleagues – some black – including John Barnes, Andrew Cole, Les Ferdinand and Kevin Keegan emphasise that this was a complex, nuanced case, there can be little doubt that Beardsley struggled to adapt to changing times.

Ashley had believed Beardsley’s enduring fame would serve as a magnet, attracting the best youngsters to Newcastle, but the local hero turned out to not so much have clay feet as a wooden-headed mindset. It contained a self-destructive resistance to spheres such as psychology and emotional intelligence which have helped a host of coaches, Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate included, refine their modus operandi.


By turning a blind eye to Beardsley’s increasingly square-peg-in-round-hole persona, Newcastle’s hierarchy exacerbated the problem. Exposure to more coaching courses might have helped but, remarkably, he did not complete his Uefa A licence until 2018.

Given that his future employment prospects in football look extremely slim, it is likely to be of little use to a man who has morphed from local Tyneside icon to someone people point at in the street for all the wrong reasons.
21st September 2019 07:46 AM
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