Steve Stone Under Investigation For Bullying
According to reports in the Sportsmail, Clarets U23 boss Steve Stone has been told to stay away from the clubs Barnfield Training Ground and Turf Moor until an investigation into bullying has been completed. Stone, a former Newcastle United and England midfielder has not been in the dugout for his side’s previous three fixtures, including Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United at Elland Road.
Burnley Football Club have declined to comment on the matter. However it is thought that Stone has not been suspended but is being investigated. The Clarets U23 manager was on the coaching staff at Newcastle United before joining Burnley where he was the reserve team assistant to Peter Beardsley.
Beardsley was recently suspended from all football-related activity for 32 weeks after being found guilty of racially abusing players by the Football Association. However the claims against Steve Stone do not concern racial abuse. Stone joined Burnley last year and is close to manager Sean Dyche, whom he played alongside at Nottingham Forest. His side are unbeaten in their last 13 matches.
Last week, another former Newcastle player, Craig Bellamy apologised to the players and parents who accused him of bullying after the conclusion of Cardiff City’s investigation into their former academy coach. The club’s internal probe began in January after a complaint of bullying and xenophobia had been brought by a youth-team player. Several former academy players came forward to make allegations against Bellamy and others.