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FA charges ex-Newcastle coach Beardsley with racially abusing players

Sir Bobby Robson Memorial Service

DURHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Former England footballer Peter Beardsley arrives before the Sir Bobby Robson Memorial Service at Durham Cathedral on September 21, 2009 in Durham, England. Thousands of football fans are expected to pay tribute to the former England footballer and manager Sir Bobby Robson, who died aged 76 following a long battle with cancer, both at a memorial service attended by famous names of European football at Durham Cathederal and on giant screens at Newcastle’s St James’ Park and Ipswich. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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LONDON (AP) The English Football Association has charged former Newcastle youth team coach Peter Beardsley with racially abusing players.

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The former England international left Newcastle this month after he was placed on leave while an investigation into bullying was carried out.

Beardsley has been charged by the FA with using “abusive and/or insulting words” toward players in the Newcastle Under-23s squad.

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The FA alleges this is an “aggravated breach” of the rules because they “included reference to ethnic origin and/or color and/or race and/or nationality.”

Beardsley has previously denied being a bully or racist.