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Leeds United defender Bellusci cleared of racially abusing Norwich City's Jerome

Giuseppe Bellusci has been cleared of racially abusing Norwich City's Cameron Jerome. Credit: PA

Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been cleared of racially abusing Norwich City's Cameron Jerome.

Canaries striker Jerome reported to referee Mark Clattenburg that the Italian had directed a racist slur in his direction during an altercation in The Championship match at Carrow Road in October.

Jerome immediately reported the incident to referee Mark Clattenburg. Credit: PA

Bellusci was subsequently charged with misconduct, but always maintained his innocence.

The defender would have faced a minimum five-game ban if found guilty of the offence, but a Football Association disciplinary commission cleared him of any wrongdoing at a hearing this week.

"Giuseppe has made it clear from the moment the incident happened that he did not use racist language, and the FA commission has found that to be the case.

Leeds United is a fully inclusive organisation and through the efforts of the Leeds United Foundation aims to work with every aspect of our community by celebrating diversity and recognising cultural differences.

The club is proud to work with many areas of society to improve social cohesion and social mobility and has strong partnerships with community groups including the Chapeltown Youth Football Development Centre and the Hamara Centre in Beeston.

Leeds has a diverse, multicultural community and we are committed to supporting everyone who can benefit from a link with our football club."

– Leeds United


Cambridge United sign former £1million striker Slew

Slew in action for Rotherham United where he spent time on loan in 2013. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have announced the signing of striker Jordan Slew on an 18-month deal.

The 22-year-old was regarded as hot property while at Sheffield United, and eventually signed for Blackburn Rovers in a £1million deal in 2011.

However, his career has stalled since and he was released by Rovers on deadline day.

Slew has been handed the number 9 shirt at the Abbey Stadium.

"Jordan has some fantastic attributes and a fantastic pedigree.

Obviously his career has not progressed in the way he would have wanted since joining Blackburn for such a big fee at such a young age and he is yet to realise his potential.

Our club is all about developing talented young players though, so this signing is really exciting. We believe that we can be good for each other."

– Jez George, Cambridge United Chief Executive

Statue unveiled of Colchester United's "player of the century" Peter Wright

Peter Wright's statue in Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia

He was one of Colchester United's greatest ever players and Peter Wright has been remembered in style with the unveiling of a 6 foot bronze statue in the town.

Voted player of the century in 2000, his widow said he would've been "chuffed" at being honoured in this way.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Ipswich Town seal move for young Irish winger Connolly

Mick McCarthy expects Connolly to push for a first team place. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have signed young Irish winger Dylan Connolly from Shelbourne.

The 19-year-old has agreed a contract until 2016, with the option of a further year.

Connolly could play for Town's under-21 side when they face Millwall on Monday.

“I’m delighted we have Dylan with us now.

He’s blistering quick, plays on the right and he’s got a fair bit of ability. He’s got a goal in him as well.

He’s being playing as well and he’s here with a view to being in the first-team. He will play in the U21s next week if everything is okay and we will go from there.”

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager


Samaritans charity hail Clarke Carlisle's "bravery" after star speaks out about suicide attempt

Clarke Carlisle has revealed that he attempted to take his own life. Credit: PA

The Samaritans charity have hailed the bravery of Clarke Carlisle after the former Northampton Town defender revealed to a national newspaper that he tried to take his own life.

Carlisle told The Sun that he'd battled with depression after his playing career came to an end and that he threw himself in front of a lorry on the A64 in Yorkshire in the hope that he would be killed.

"It takes a lot of strength to raise these issues. We commend him for being so brave and speaking so openly about the feelings which led him to try to take his own life.

Because he has spoken out, we hope others will feel able to share their own feelings if they are struggling to cope and crucially, ask for help."

– Samaritans

Samaritans helpline: 08457 90 90 90

Luton Town and Cambridge United set to battle it out for Norwich City's McGeehan

McGeehan (left) is currently on loan at Cambridge United. Credit: PA

Luton Town and Cambridge United are set to battle it out for Norwich City midfielder Cameron McGeehan when the loan window opens next week.

The youngster is currently on loan at Cambridge, but his current deal is due to expire on February 16.

McGeehan in action for Luton Town. Credit: PA

McGeehan also had a spell with Luton last season as the Hatters stormed to the Conference title, and manager John Still admits that he would love to have him back at Kenilworth Road.

"We've always said that we would take Cam here permanently.

We believe he would want to come to us but he's got to work with Norwich, so we'll keep knocking at the door with this like we have done and see what comes out. But we have been and are talking to Norwich."

– John Still, Luton Town Manager
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