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FA to investigate 'clash' during Leeds vs Norwich game

A Leeds United player is at the centre of an alleged racism row tonight after squaring up to a Norwich striker during their Championship match last night.

The Football Association has confirmed it is investigating allegations surrounding the clash between United defender Giuseppe Bellusci and Cameron Jerome. The match referee has sent a full report to the FA as David Hirst reports.

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Cellino: If any Leeds player was shown to be a racist, he'd be out

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has defended Giuseppe Bellusci as the Football Association investigates allegations of racial abuse against the defender.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has defended Giuseppe Bellusci as the Football Association investigates allegations of racial abuse against the defender. Credit: Press Association

Norwich striker Cameron Jerome complained to referee Mark Clattenburg that he was verbally abused by the 25-year-old Italian midway through the first half of their 1-1 draw with Leeds on Tuesday following a confrontation between the two players.

The FA confirmed it is looking into the incident, but the summer signing from Catania has received the full backing of his countryman Cellino.

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 his a**e and kick him out before the FA has a chance.

Bellusci says he spoke (to Jerome) in Italian. I don't know if he (Jerome) speaks Italian too but Bellusci swears to me he said nothing racist.

He was p****d off, sure, because he got hit in the neck and the face but he denies anything racist. I believe him and and I'll support him. I'll write to them to clarify my position on Bellusci and racism. If any Leeds player was shown to be a racist, he'd be out. That's my philosophy and my promise.

– Massimo Cellino

Jerome said on Twitter he would not publicly reveal what was said to him but that the FA would deal with it.

Kick it Out offer Cameron Jerome support over racial abuse claims

A group campaigning against racism in football say they have offered Cameron Jerome "support and any assistance he may require" after it was claimed the Norwich striker was racially abused by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci.

Kick It Out says it is waiting on the outcome of an FA investigation into the claims:

Kick It Out is aware of an allegation of a racist remark made towards Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome by Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci during yesterday evening's Championship fixture at Carrow Road. The FA has confirmed that it is investigating the incident, and we have been in touch with Norwich and Cameron to offer him our support and any assistance he may require. We now await the outcome of The FA’s investigation.

– Kick It Out

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Supporters Trust hoping for fair and accurate resolution to Bellusci allegations

The Leeds United Supporters Trust says it hopes that allegations against defender Giuseppe Bellusci are resolved "quickly, accurately and fairly."

The Italian has been accused of racially abusing Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome in the teams' Championship tie this week.

Supporters' Trust hoping for fair and accurate resolution to Bellusci allegations Credit: LUFC Supporters' Trust

The Leeds United Supporters' Trust condemns all racism in football without hesitation.

Leeds United fans have been at the forefront of fighting discrimination in the game - proven by LUST's long-standing support of the Kick It Out campaign - and they will rightly be concerned by the serious allegations made by Cameron Jerome.

However, Giuseppe Bellusci is entitled to the full FA / Football League process, which we hope will be resolved quickly, accurately and fairly. Until the outcome of that process, it is not right for the Supporters Trust to comment further.

– LUFC Supporters' Trust

Cameron Jerome tweets on Bellusci abuse claims

FA confirm Bellusci investigation

The Football Association has confirmed it is investigating allegations by Norwich striker Cameron Jerome that he was racially abused by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci.

Jerome complained to referee Mark Clattenburg midway through the first half of the 1-1 draw at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, and the match official is to submit a report to the FA on the incident.

An FA spokesman told Press Association Sport: "I can confirm we are investigating this allegation."

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