Arsenal Coaches Suspended Over Bullying Charge

Arsenal Coaches Suspended Over Bullying Charge

Two U-23 Arsenal coaches are officially suspended over a bullying charge. There is no word yet as to who made the allegation. However, Steve Gatting and Carl Laraman are officially suspended from club activities pending an internal investigation.

Two Arsenal Coaches Suspended Over Bullying Charge


The BBC broke the story, and a club spokesperson released a statement to the publication.

“Arsenal have suspended Under-23s coaches Steve Gatting and Carl Laraman following complaints of bullying from some players. It is understood the complaints have come from members of the U23 squad.

Gatting is Arsenal’s U23s head coach and played for the club 76 times from 1977 to 1981. Laraman is his assistant.

“We have suspended two coaches and launched an investigation following complaints from some players,” a club spokesman said.

“These are private matters and we will not discuss any further detail.”

Both men are yet to comment on the suspension.”

Sky Sports

An accompanying piece from Sky,

“Arsenal have suspended two coaches pending an internal investigation after allegations of bullying were made against them, Sky Sports News understands.

Under-23 coach Steve Gatting and his assistant Carl Laraman are under investigation following complaints made by youth players.

Both coaches were missing from the technical area during Tuesday evening’s Premier League International Cup final against Porto at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal under-18 coach Kwame Ampadu stepped in to fill the position in their absence as the hosts lost 1-0 on the night.

Sky sources have confirmed Arsenal launched an internal enquiry immediately after the allegations were made against Gatting and Laraman.”

The Stateside View

Bullying is a serious issue. Therefore, the actions of the club are justified. However, a casual observer must not take these allegations as fact purely on the basis that Arsenal have taken action.

Instead, we all should wait for the club investigation to complete, and take their report in stride.

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