Craig Bellamy sacking reports denied by Cardiff, with investigation ongoing
Last Updated: 15/05/19 11:56am
Cardiff have dismissed reports that youth coach Craig Bellamy has been sacked, and insist the club's investigation into bullying claims against the former Wales international are still ongoing.
It was reported on Tuesday night that Bellamy would lose his post with the Bluebirds following allegations of bullying, intimidation and xenophobia by an academy player.
But Cardiff issued a statement on Wednesday morning, saying: "The investigation is ongoing and no formal decisions have been taken.
"There will be no further comment until the investigation process is complete."
Cardiff are investigating a complaint made against Bellamy after David Madden - who played in the 1990 FA Cup Final for Crystal Palace - wrote to the club to raise concerns about the treatment of his 16-year-old son, Alfie.
Bellamy won 78 caps for Wales between 1999 and 2013 and played for Liverpool, Manchester City and Newcastle among others during a colourful career.
Bellamy released a statement in January saying he had stepped down from his position as Cardiff U18 coach while the club conducted its investigation into the claims made against him.
"Obviously, I am saddened both by the allegations and the manner in which they were made and I categorically refute them," he said.
"I fully expect to return to my coaching role and have sought legal advice as to my position."
If Bellamy is to return to his role, it is likely to be after he embarks on an education in communication programme - something the 39-year-old is understood to be prepared to undertake.