Peter Beardsley has pulled out of a scheduled appearance at Newcastle City Hall due to his ‘personal situation’.
The Toon legend and coach of Newcastle United’s under-23s is currently on a ‘period of leave’ from the club while an investigation into allegations of racism and bullying continue.
Beardsley, 56, a former England international and Newcastle captain, has categorically denied the allegations.
The former striker was due to appear along with former club midfielder Rob Lee at City Hall as part of the ‘Newcastle Legends in Conversation’ event on Tuesday evening.
But a statement on the event page on the venue’s website has announced Beardsley will no longer be taking to the stage for the promised night of conversation and entertainment.
Instead, fellow Newcastle United legends John Beresford and Keith Gillespie will be joining Rob Lee as Beardsley's replacement.
One of the complaints of bullying is believed to have been made by 22-year-old academy player Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, and five statements have been reportedly taken in support of the midfielder.
It is understood Beardsley could find out his fate this week.
Mirror Sport said the club is also looking into claims from several other players that they were victims of racial abuse.
It is understood the FA is monitoring the ongoing investigation, but the governing body is not required to get involved at this stage.
The FA is expected to request the Magpies’ observations once the investigation is complete.