Leeds’ Giuseppe Bellusci charged with racist abuse of Cameron Jerome
The FA has charged the Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci with racially abusing Norwich’s Cameron Jerome during the 1-1 Championship draw between the teams at Carrow Road in October.
An FA statement read: “Leeds United player Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 which is alleged to have occurred during the fixture between Norwich City and Leeds United on 21 October 2014. It is alleged Bellusci used abusive and/or insulting words towards Cameron Jerome, of Norwich City FC, contrary to Rule E3(1).
“It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race. Bellusci has until 2 January 2014 to respond.”
The referee, Mark Clattenburg, halted the game midway through the first half after receiving a complaint from Jerome following a verbal clash with the Italian. The official addressed both managers on the touchline before letting Bellusci off with a warning, although he booked Jerome moments later for clattering into the Leeds player.
From the Guardian
Leeds United have also released a statement regarding Giuseppe Bellusci. The statement reads:
United defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged by The FA for an incident relating to October 21 at Carrow Road. The incident relates to an altercation involving Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome which occurred during the first half of our 1-1 draw with the Norfolk side.
Giuseppe Bellusci has until January 2 2015 to respond to the charge.
The player has consistently made it clear to the club that he did not use racist language. The club understands that there is no third party evidence supporting Mr Jerome’s allegation.
Accordingly, the player will be contesting the charge.
From Leeds United