Beardsley to play with Newcastle Under 23s despite racism allegations

Peter Beardsley will play in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens alongside Newcastle United
Under 23s this week with the Football Association yet to confirm a date for his hearing into charges of racism against academy players.
Organisers of the prestigious tournament had hoped the FA would have concluded the case before now, especially as he was charged with three counts of using racist and abusive language nearly eight weeks ago.
Beardsley's presence is a cause for concern and arrangements have been made so that his PlayOn Pros masters team does not come into contact with Newcastle's players when leaving or entering the pitch at the Hong Kong Football Club.
The PlayOn team, which is put together by Viv Anderson and includes David James, Darren Bent, Michael Gray and Emile Heskey, has been forced to relocate from the Park Lane Hotel where Newcastle and all participants are staying.
But, in another twist, PlayOn have been drawn in the same masters group as Wallsend Boys Club, for whom Beardsley played and has a long association.
However, Wallsend have distanced themselves from Beardsley in recent years and he was not invited to be part of their team.
Several sources involved in the tournament told Sportsmail
they are staggered the 58-year-old has been so determined to be there given the allegations against him.
Beardsley returns to the UK next week for the hearing which could determine his future in the game.

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