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Jessica Ennis-Hill's ex-coach Toni Minichiello banned for life for 'sexually inappropriate behaviour'

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 09/08/2022 Telegraph Sport
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Toni Minichiello, one of Britain’s most prominent coaches and the man who guided Jessica Ennis-Hill to Olympic glory, has been banned for life after engaging in 'sexually physical behaviour' with athletes.

It comes after an investigation found Minichiello, who was suspended last year, had breached his coaching licence in numerous ways. The panel for the Independent Case Management Group decided that Minichiello:

• Made inappropriate sexual references and gestures to athletes.

• Failed to respect the athletes’ right to a private life by making intrusive enquiries and personal comments about their personal lives.

• Engaged in sexually physical behaviour, namely inappropriate and unwanted touching of athletes to whom he owed a duty of care.

• Engaged in inappropriate and sometimes aggressive behaviour, bullying and emotional abuse.

In a statement, UK Athletics said the findings of a disciplinary panel were “of the utmost seriousness”.

"They amount to a large number of breaches of the UKA coach licence terms over a 15-year period,” UK Athletics added.

"They constitute gross breaches of trust by Mr Minichiello which have had severe consequences for the mental health and mental wellbeing of the athletes under his charge.

"The issuance of a UKA licence to a coach is essentially a representation on behalf of UKA that the coach in question can be trusted with the athletes under his charge.

"UKA is firmly of the view that there will never be a time in the future at which it would be appropriate to grant that assurance and issue such a licence.

"UKA has decided that it will not entertain any future application made by Mr Minichiello for a UKA coach licence in perpetuity."

More to follow...

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