Minichiello, banned for “serious breaches of trust”
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Toni Minichiello has been banned for life by UK Athletics for sexually inappropriate conduct after being found guilty of “serious breaches of trust”.
An independent panel found that Minichello’s actions “have had serious consequences for the mental health and mental well-being of the athletes under his charge.”
An adjudication panel found Minichello:
- made inappropriate sexual references and gestures to athletes.
- did not respect athletes’ right to privacy by making intrusive inquiries and personal comments about their personal lives.
- engaged in sexually physical behavior, namely inappropriate and unwanted touching of athletes to whom he owed a duty of care.
- they have engaged in inappropriate and sometimes aggressive behavior, bullying and emotional abuse.
Minichello, who guided Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill to Olympic success, was suspended from coaching last year.
More to follow.