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Academy coaches may film training sessions to protect themselves out of fear of being accused of bullying Academy coaches are looking to protect themselves from bullying accusations Some discussed wearing cameras and microphones during training sessions Football has been hit with a number of high-profile bullying cases in the last year Craig Bellamy and Peter Beardsley both lost their jobs over bullying incidents

By Adrian Kajumba For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 BST, 23 May 2019 | Updated: 22:35 BST, 23 May 2019

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Academy coaches are so fearful of being accused of bullying that some have even discussed wearing cameras or microphones in training sessions to help protect themselves.

Football has been hit with a number of high-profile bullying cases in the last year, but there have also been incidents where no wrongdoing has been found yet a cloud has been left hanging over a coach's name.

Current concerns about safeguarding are not just worrying players, clubs and parents, but individual coaches too.

Craig Bellamy lost his job as Cardiff academy coach after an investigation into bullying claims

Craig Bellamy lost his job as Cardiff academy coach after an investigation into bullying claims

And that has led to private suggestions from some in youth football that using recording devices such as cameras or hidden microphones — similar to those used by the police — to capture their interactions with players might be a good starting point to support their cases if issues are raised.

Such an idea would be far from straightforward to implement. There would be legal and safeguarding issues to overcome, due to the age of the players involved.

Critics of the idea also

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