Arsenal suspend former east Kent footballer amid bullying claims

Former east Kent footballer and Arsenal coach Carl Laraman

Arsenal have suspended a former east Kent footballer who is on its coaching staff.

Carl Laraman, 56, works as the under-23s assistant coach with the Premier League club.

The suspension is understood to have come after complaints of bullying by players in the squad.

During his playing career Laraman played for clubs including Sittingbourne, Faversham, Whitstable and Faversham.

He also played for Margate when it was known as Thanet United.

The club website describes Laraman as a “colourful midfielder” who joined Arsenal as a youth coach in 2007.

The Gunners have also suspended under-23s head coach Steve Gatting, who played for them from 1977 to 1981. He is brother of former England cricket captain Mike Gatting.

A spokesman for Arsenal said: “We have suspended two coaches and launched an investigation following complaints from some players.

“These are private matters and we will not discuss any further detail.”

Both men are yet to comment on the suspension.


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