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

An independent regulatory commission dropped the case at a personal hearing. Credit: PA

Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been found not guilty of racially abusing Norwich striker Cameron Jerome by the Football Association.

The Italian was charged on December 22 following the incident in the 1-1 Sky Bet Championship draw on October 21, where he was alleged to have directed a racial insult at Jerome.

But an independent regulatory commission dropped the case at a personal hearing on Friday after Bellusci denied the charge.

An official statement on the Leeds official site said: "Leeds United is pleased to note the decision of the FA disciplinary panel to clear our defender, Giuseppe Bellusci, of all charges of racism made against him during the away game against Norwich City on 21 October 2014."

"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."


Court: 'Needs of wheelchair users do not trump others'

Wheelchair user Doug Paulley relies on buses in Leeds to get around.

But he could be left stranded after the Court of Appeal ruled his needs "do not trump" others if the wheelchair bay is being used by buggies.

Mr Paulley told ITV News: "If wheelchair users aren't using it, I don't have a problem with other people using it. But if a wheelchair user needs it, then that's the only place they can be on the bus, and they must have priority."

Only new legislation in Parliament or the Supreme Court can change this, but as it stands if people don't want to move on public transport, they don't have to.

ITV News Correspondent Richard Pallot reports:


First Bus recognises importance of disabled customers

First Bus has said it recognises "how important it is" that disabled customers can access its services.

The verdict has given our passengers, drivers and the wider industry much needed clarification around the priority use of the wheelchair space on board buses, following two previous conflicting rulings.

Our current policy, which is to ask other passengers in the strongest polite terms to make way for those who need the space, will remain in place.

We recognise how important it is that bus services are accessible for all customers - indeed we are leading the industry in improving bus travel for disabled customers. That good work will continue.

– Giles Fearnley, managing director of First Bus

The comments follow a Court of Appeal ruling that bus companies are not required by law to have a policy to force parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users in designated bays on buses.

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Bus wheelchair ruling overturned at Court of Appeal

A legal ruling won by a disabled campaigner from West Yorkshire about a bus company and its wheelchair policy has been overturned at the Court of Appeal.

Doug Paulley from Wetherby Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Doug Paulley from Wetherby, took First Bus Group to court after he was told he could not get on a bus because a pushchair user refused to give up the space. That "first come first served" policy was unlawful discrimination said a judge in Leeds.

However three judges today said bus companies are not required by law to to force parents with buggies to make way for wheelchair users in designated bays.

Leeds 'collision' raises questions about Cameron security

The incident in Leeds today where a man was able to run into David Cameron on the street has raised questions about security arrangements for the prime minister.

While most British politicians prefer not to be surrounded by a "ring of steel", the incident has prompted an investigation by the Metropolitan Police, which is responsible for Mr Cameron's safety.

ITV News political correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

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