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Ex-Newcastle ace John Beresford admits racially abusing black players from terraces in 1970s

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Ex-Newcastle ace John Beresford admits racially abusing black players from terraces in 1970s

FORMER Newcastle United defender John Beresford works as a campaigner against racism.

But in the 1970s he admits to racially abusing black players – including making monkey noises.

John Beresford celebrates Newcastle goal with black teammate Andy ColeAction Images - Reuters

Beresford, 51, was awarded an MBE last year in recognition of his work for Show Racism the Red Card,

And now he has opened up on how he regrets joining in with “mob culture” as a teenage fan.

The left-back, part of Kevin Keegan’s ‘Entertainers’ in the 1990s, told ITV:

“In the late seventies black players were few and far between, but I would be doing the monkey chants, and I would be shouting abuse, and things like that.

Beresford was a Toon hero but previously abused black players from the terracesTimes Newspapers Ltd Beresford, now a campaigner against racism, admits to making monkey chantsReuters

“I was part of a mob culture and it wasn’t a time great for supporters, it was quite volatile.

“When I was younger, I was never told what was right, and what was wrong. Meeting people and understanding how wrong it was, helped change my views.”

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Sheffield-born Beresford made 179 league appearances for the Magpies, scoring three goals.

He also played for Manchester City, Portsmouth and Southampton, alongside stints at Barnsley, Birmingham City and spells in non-league football.

Les Ferdinand was another teammate of Beresford’sPA:Press Association Faustino Asprilla shared a dressing room with Beresford, tooHulton Archive - Getty (function(){ var voice = document.createElement('script');voice.type = 'text/javascript'; voice.src = 'https://inconversation.net/widgets.js';var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(voice, s); })();

Beresford’s playing career ended at Halifax in 2002 and he also works now as a television pundit for ESPN.

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At St James’ Park, Beresford played alongside several brilliant black footballers, including Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand and Faustino Asprilla.

One of his team-mates at Newcastle, former England forward Peter Beardsley, is currently suspended by the club.

An investigation follows allegations of racism and bullying made by Under 23 players in the academy where Beresford is a coach.

 

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