The findings from British Cycling's internal investigation reveals that Shane Sutton did use inappropriate and discriminatory language.

The findings from a British Cycling investigation into allegations against its former technical director Shane Sutton state that he did use “inappropriate and discriminatory language” against Jess Varnish.

Former track sprinter Varnish alleged in April that Sutton had told her to “go and have a baby” and that she had a “fat arse” but the Australian refuted the claims and has since denied any wrongdoing. He was first suspended after the allegations and then resigned.

The conclusion of an internal investigation has upheld Varnish’s claims, however. A statement read: “Following an internal investigation, the British Cycling board has upheld an allegation made by Jess Varnish that former Technical Director Shane Sutton had used inappropriate and discriminatory language.

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“The board wishes to put on record its sincere regret that this happened. The findings of the investigation will help the development of the organisation alongside the independent review into the culture of the World Class Programme, jointly commissioned by British Cycling and UK Sport, and led by Annamarie Phelps.

 “The full text of the board’s report has been made available to the independent review. No further comment will be made until that review has reported its findings.”
The aforementioned independent review is due to release its findings before the end of this year.

Sutton had previously said in April that “he had never used the terminology, ‘You’ve got a fat arse.’ I’m just really upset she would say that.”

He had also received the backing of several high-profile riders, including Bradley Wiggins and Becky James, who shared his wish that he would be re-employed by the governing body. 

The verdict today, however, makes it unlikely that Sutton will be welcomed back in a working capacity at Manchester Velodrome. A decision on any potential future employment is still to come, though.

It means that British Cycling are now looking for a new chief executive, after Ian Drake announced he would resign in April 2017, a new performance director and probably a new technical director.