Craig Bellamy steps down from his role as Cardiff U18s coach amid bullying allegation


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Investigation pending

The former striker “categorically” denies allegations made by a former academy player and has vowed to clear his name

Craig Bellamy has stepped down from his role as Cardiff Under-18s coach pending an investigation of bullying.

The former striker “categorically” denies the claim made against him and has vowed to clear his name.

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Bellamy ended his playing career with hometown club Cardiff

Earlier this week, the Daily Mail reported that the parents of a young English footballer complained to the Premier League club about Bellamy’s behaviour towards their son, who has since left the club.

Cardiff announced on Wednesday they were investigating the matter.

In a statement, the 39-year-old said: “I am aware of allegations that have been made against me via the media.

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Manchester City is one of the many Premier League clubs Craig Bellamy played for during his career

“I understand the need for Cardiff City to undertake a full investigation in response to these allegations and – at my own suggestion – I have temporarily removed myself from my coaching position in order to cooperate fully with the club’s inquiry.

“Obviously, I am saddened both by the allegations and the manner in which they were made and I categorically refute them.

“I fully expect to return to my coaching role and have sought legal advice as to my position.”

Bellamy won 78 Wales caps and scored 19 goals between 1998 and 2013. He played for Liverpool, Manchester City and Newcastle during his club career.

He finished his playing days at hometown club Cardiff City and helped them to promotion to the Premier League in 2013 before retiring in 2014.

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Bellamy helped Cardiff win promotion to the Premier League in 2013
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