On Wednesday afternoon, Newcastle United confirmed that Under-23 coach and former Magpie Peter Beardsley had left the club following allegations of bullying and racism made by several academy players.
On the same day, news emerged that the parents of seven academy players demanded a meeting with the club in 2002 to discuss their concerns over Beardsley's treatment of their sons.
The Daily Mail claim to have gained "exclusive access to files
Beardsley and Wharton remained in charge of the academy after the Premier League panel upheld the club's appeal, with the academy players leaving to sign for Nottingham Forest.
However, the Mail claims to have been contacted by former Newcastle academy players and parents that have all levied the similar allegation against Beardsley: 'That the coach robbed young players
Mr Gardner noted at the time: 'Why are the club not addressing the issue of intimidation and bullying my son is exposed to?'
Mr Gardner also said that the club 'did not want to know' about the issues raised against Beardsley, and even used a solicitor who asked for a 'wishlist' that would appease Mr Gardner and his son in order to prevent the tribunal going ahead.
In Ross Gardner's statement, he said: "M
Exclusive: Case files reveal parents of SEVEN academy players at NUFC raised concerns about Peter Beardsley's treatment of sons 17 YEARS AGO. It raises questions - why were bullying claims ignored then & how many players will claim to have suffered since? https://t.co/o1SS6DNGvT— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) March 6, 2019
Source : 90min