Toni Minichiello, who guided Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill to Olympic glory, was allowed to take part in a UK Athletics members’ council assembly on Friday, regardless of having been suspended from teaching.
BBC Sport understands the 55-year-old is the topic of numerous complaints, that are beneath investigation.
Minichiello represents senior coaches on the council, which is chaired by former British sprinter Jason Gardener and serves as a “conduit for the views of the assorted stakeholders” of athletics within the UK.
It’s understood senior figures inside UK Athletics had raised issues about Minichiello collaborating within the assembly, given the function permits him to vote on reforms throughout the governing physique.
Nonetheless, a key member of the council instructed BBC Sport that his suspension didn’t apply to his capability to be on the council beneath the federation’s articles of affiliation.
It’s thought that authorized recommendation was sought on the difficulty.
UK Athletics has not commented on studies of Minichiello’s suspension. Nonetheless, a number of sources have confirmed to BBC Sport that he’s the topic of numerous complaints and has had his licence revoked pending an investigation.
Alongside teaching, Minichiello has beforehand labored as a BBC pundit, however he has not been included within the BBC’s line-up at Tokyo 2020.
Minichiello is finest recognized for his affiliation with Ennis-Hill. She received Olympic heptathlon gold at London 2012 and silver at Rio 2016, in addition to world titles in 2009, 2011 and 2015.
In February, it was introduced they’d coach the world junior heptathlon champion Niamh Emerson collectively.
BBC Sport has approached Minichiello for remark.