9th August 2022
RESULT OF THE ADJUDICATION IN UK ATHLETICS V MINICHIELLO
**Please note that the details linked to this release contain graphic descriptions**
The Panel – appointed by Sport Resolutions, who were in turn appointed by the Board of UKA – heard complaints made against Mr Minichiello alleging that he breached the Terms of his UKA Coach Licence has now reached its conclusion. The Panel decided that Mr 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.
These are the broad headings under which the Panel found numerous individual breaches of Mr Minichiello’s Coach Licence Terms. Further details of the behaviour that fell into each of these categories can be found linked to this statement. [Summary of charges]
UKA has considered the matter and decided that these findings are of the utmost seriousness. They amount to a large number of breaches of the UKA Coach Licence Terms over a 15 year period. 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.
It is noted that during the process of these disciplinary matters, Mr Minichiello’s coaching licence expired and therefore cannot be suspended/subject to a sanction. Therefore, UKA has decided that it will not entertain any future application made by Mr Minichiello for a UKA Coach Licence in perpetuity. 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.
Should Mr Minichiello wish to apply for a Coach Licence in the future, the matter will ultimately be subject to an appeal before the relevant body under UKA Rules.
UKA will share the outcome of this adjudication and decision relating to any future licence application with both UK Sport and the AIU for their awareness.
UKA wishes to recognise those who came forward to give evidence in this case. We thank them and strongly encourage anyone with a concern to come forward.
To contact us with a conduct concern please visit https://www.uka.org.uk/submit-a-concern/