Athletics coach Fuzz Caan banned from the sport for three years

Athletics coach Fuzz Caan banned from the sport for three years

March 8, 2023

British athletics high jump coach Fuzz Caan is slapped with a THREE-YEAR ban for misconduct after admitting to fat-shaming, using abusive language and mocking disabled people

  • Athletics coach Fuzz Caan was initially suspended from coaching in June 2021
  • He has been handed a three-year ban that is backdated to his initial suspension 
  • It comes after Caan admitted to a number of misconduct allegations

A top British athletics coach has been handed a three-year ban for misconduct after he admitted using abusive language, fat-shaming and mocking disabled people.

Fuzz Caan, who was once an actor on Coronation Street, was initially suspended in June 2021 after UK Athletics received a letter of complaint ‘signed by several individuals in the high jump community’.

It meant Caan, who guided Robbie Grabarz to a silver medal at London 2012, was unable to work with Team GB at the Olympics in Tokyo, where he was supposed to be coaching high jumpers Morgan Lake and Emily Borthwick.

Following an investigation by UKA in which witness statements were obtained from several athletes, 12 charges of misconduct were raised against Caan.

Among them was a claim he ‘repeatedly swore and shouted’ at an athlete under his care ‘for a period several minutes’. 

British athletics coach Fuzz Caan has been handed a three year suspension after admitting to several allegations of misconduct

Caan has previously coached Commonwealth Games silver medalist Morgan Lake, but did not work with her during the Tokyo Olympics as he was also suspended in June 2021

Caan is also said to have described an athlete as a ‘f****** idiot’, a para-athlete as ‘fat and slow’ and a doctor as a ‘f***wit’.

Another allegation was that Caan ‘made fun of disabled people by doing an impression where he walked with a limp, held his arm bent and made noises whilst sticking his tongue out’. 

He is said to have regularly called an athlete ‘bad foot Gay’ and ‘limp foot Christie’.

Caan, who began work as consultant at the Saudi Olympic Training Centre last year, was due to appear at a UKA hearing this week.

But after he admitted a number of the allegations, the decision was reached without a hearing – and published on UKA’s website – to suspend Caan’s coach’s licence for three years, backdated to June 2021.

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