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Ex-Newcastle coach Peter Beardsley suspended

Former Newcastle United Under-23s coach Peter Beardsley has been suspended from all football-related activity for 32 weeks after being found to have been racially abusive to players.

He was charged by the Football Association with three counts of using racist language to players in March but "categorically denied" the claims.

He left Newcastle after a 14-month club investigation earlier this year.

The FA said his remarks "were obviously racist and wholly unacceptable".

In their written reasons the FA added: "Even if he did not intend to do so, he plainly did cause offence."

Beardsley has been ordered to complete a face-to-face education course.

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Newcastle had most banning orders

Newcastle had the most banning orders last season of football clubs in England and Wales, according to Home Office figures.

They showed the number of banning orders was 71.

The figures also found incidents of hate crime at football matches in England and Wales rose by 47% last season.

In the 2018-19 season there were hate crime incidents - 79% of which related to race - at 193 matches, up from 131.

But football-related arrests dropped overall by 10% to 1,381 in 2018-19.