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.

Allegations of racism and bullying made against former Newcastle coach Peter Beardsley are being investigated by the Football Association.

Beardsley, who coached Newcastle’s Under-23 side, left the club on 6 March. He had been on leave since a club investigation began last year.

The ex-Newcastle and England forward has “categorically denied” the claims.

Beardsley faced multiple complaints, including one of bullying by 22-year-old midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.

A spokesman for English football’s governing body told BBC Sport: “We can confirm that the FA is investigating the allegations made against Peter Beardsley during his time at Newcastle United.”

Anti-discrimination charity Kick it Out has expressed concern that the Premier League club have not outlined the reasons for 58-year-old Beardsley’s departure.

In 2003, Beardsley and academy director Kenny Wharton faced a Premier League investigation over allegations of bullying made by youth players James Beaumont and Ross Gardner but the case was dismissed.

Beardsley made 326 appearances for the Magpies as a player.

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