Former Newcastle United Under-23s coach Peter Beardsley has been charged by the Football Association with three counts of using racist language to players.
Beardsley, who left United this month after a 14-month club investigation, has “categorically denied” the claims.
Anti-racism group Kick It Out had said it was “concerned” Newcastle had not revealed the reasons for his departure.
Beardsley faced multiple complaints, including one of bullying by 22-year-old midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni.
Newcastle have declined to comment and the former England international has until 12 April to respond to the charges.