A TRIBUNAL investigating allegations of bullying and intimidation within Newcastle United's youth squad has been adjourned.

The tribunal, set up by the FA Premier League, is examining complaints made by youngsters and their parents against Peter Beardsley, the former England striker, and his superior, Kenny Wharton, the club's academy director.

Two players, Ross Gardner and James Beaumont, both England Under-18 players, have made statements about their treatment, as have their fathers, who were yesterday at a hearing in London.

Neale McDermott, son of former Liverpool star and Newcastle assistant manager Terry McDermott, has left the club to join Fulham after complaining about the way he was treated by coaches.

The tribunal has been adjourned to a date yet to be fixed.