October 2, 2022

Toni Minichiello issued an announcement on Tuesday evening denying all sexual misconduct fees and slamming UK Athletics. 

He stated: ‘I can’t absolutely specific my disappointment with this choice and with UK Athletics’ unfair dealing with of this course of. I strongly deny all the fees made towards me.

‘I’ve been a coach for over 30 years and whereas I’ve been sturdy and demanding, I’ve not behaved inappropriately in the direction of any of my athletes as very lots of them would verify.

‘From the start, I co-operated with UK Athletics and the appointed unbiased investigator.

‘Sadly, the investigation was one-sided. For instance, I provided to offer UKA with the names and speak to particulars of 80 witnesses, together with my then coaching group. UK Athletics declined the listing of these witnesses.

‘Whereas repeatedly requesting particulars as to how the investigation was being carried out, this was solely offered by UKA in a witness assertion shortly earlier than the listening to of this matter, over a yr after my provisional suspension, elevating critical questions concerning my means to realize a good listening to.

Toni Minichiello has denied allegations of sexual misconduct that noticed him banned for all times 

‘Equally, the tribunal failed to interact correctly with the accessible proof.

‘For instance, some of the critical allegations was stated to have taken place after I was in a special nation to the particular person making the allegations.

‘The tribunal refused to confess my proof on this level and located towards me in consequence.

‘There have been many cases of witnesses offering suspiciously related solutions to questions, together with demonstrably incorrect ones, suggestive of collusion; once more, the tribunal did not appropriately tackle their minds to the vital challenge of collusion which was evident all through important elements of the proof.

The 56-year-old (left) led Jessica Ennis-Hill (right) to glory at the London 2012 Olympic Games

The 56-year-old (left) led Jessica Ennis-Hill (proper) to glory on the London 2012 Olympic Video games

‘There have been additionally cases of witnesses breaching confidentiality to talk to one another throughout the investigation, which the tribunal failed to deal with. It is extremely vital UKA reply shortly and significantly to critical allegations of misconduct, particularly when these allegations are made by younger individuals.

‘Nonetheless, these investigations and tribunals must be carried out fastidiously, with due course of and pretty. I don’t consider that I’ve been handled pretty on this occasion.

‘I wish to present my appreciation to the witnesses who got here ahead to help me, and likewise give my appreciation and full understanding to the witnesses who wished to come back ahead to help me however had been unable to take action, worrying by the opportunity of unfavourable repercussions for his or her future careers.’