Yasin Ben El-Mhanni indicators for League One Scunthorpe United

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Yasin Ben El-Mhanni has signed for League One club Scunthorpe United after leaving Newcastle United in the wake of allegations of bullying against Peter Beardsley.

The 23-year-old winger could make his debut for the Iron in their home fixture against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday after signing for the remainder of the season.

El-Mhanni left St James’ Park over the summer after his official complaint against Newcastle’s under-23 coach Beardsley over bullying and discrimination.

Beardsley has been suspended for nine months after an independent investigation found Beardsley made discriminatory comments and his treatment of El-Mhanni was ‘generally unfair’.

The club’s investigation into the allegations, which Beardsley denies, is ongoing.  

El-Mhanni, who played twice for Newcastle’s first team, will now seek to kickstart his career again in English football’s third tier after signing on his 23rd birthday.

El-Mhanni, born and raised in west London, came through the AG Academy and played for a number of non-league sides before having trials with a number of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea. 

His YouTube skills videos attracted worldwide interest and El-Mhanni worked as a body double for Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo in television commercials. 

El-Mhanni was signed by then-Championship club Newcastle in July 2016.

He made his debut in the FA Cup third-round win over Birmingham in January 2017 and also featured in the next round against Oxford United.

El-Mhanni also made a number of appearances for Newcastle’s Under 23 side before being forced to make a complaint against Beardsley back in January.

Scunthorpe are presently 16th in the League One table. 

 

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