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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 June, 2003, 11:05 GMT 12:05 UK
Beardsley cleared of bullying
Peter Beardsley
Peter Beardsley was accused by
Former England and Newcastle soccer star Peter Beardsley has been cleared of bullying two young Newcastle United players.

A Football Association Premier League inquiry began after claims by the youngsters that they were picked on and intimidated by the Tyneside hero.

The former Newcastle United and England striker had been at the centre of allegations made by youth players James Beaumont and Ross Gardner, who both want to leave the club.

Beardsley and his boss, youth academy director Kenny Wharton, had been accused of picking on players and singling them out for unfair treatment.

But a tribunal, set up by the FA Premier League, found in their and Newcastle United's favour and upheld an appeal against both players, terminating their contracts.

The panel said Wharton and Beardsley had not acted in such a way as to breach the players' contractual arrangements with the club.

Newcastle United said the decision clearly vindicated the support given to Kenny Wharton and Peter Beardsley by the club.

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