Leeds star Bellusci charged with misconduct in racism row

LEEDS UNITED defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA rules which is alleged to have occurred during United’s clash with Norwich City on October 21.

Giuseppe Bellusci.

It is alleged Bellusci used abusive and/or insulting words towards Cameron Jerome, 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.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Bellusci has until January 2 to respond.

Jerome reacted angrily to comments from the Italian during the game at Carrow Road and the FA subsequently decided to conduct an investigation into the claims of Jerome and have now reached their verdict.

Shortly after the decision by the FA to investigate, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino gave his full backing to Bellusci and claimed the defender was no racist.

He said: “Bellusci is no racist. I spoke with him and he said ‘you must be joking, I said nothing like this to him (Jerome)’. He is surprised by this. He is shocked.

“I don’t allow racists at this club and I won’t allow racists at this club ever. If one of my players is a racist I’ll kick him out before the FA has a chance.”