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.
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.
“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.”
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.