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Leeds defender Bellusci charged with misconduct over alleged racist slur

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Giuseppe Bellusci. Credit: PA

Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged with misconduct for allegedly using racist language towards Norwich striker Cameron Jerome during the Championship match on October 21, the Football Association has announced.

Bellusci has until January 2 to respond to the charge.

The FA confirmed they were investigating Jerome's allegations and, in a statement, alleged that Bellusci's comments "included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race."

The 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 October 21 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."

Sharp penalty gains Leeds point at Nottingham Forest

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Billy Sharp netted from 12 yards. Credit: PA

Matty Fryatt had two goals ruled out in controversial fashion as Nottingham Forest were denied a Sky Bet Championship victory over Leeds at the City Ground.

The Reds striker had given Stuart Pearce's side the lead in first-half injury-time - but either side of that he had two efforts ruled out for offside, with television replays suggesting they should have stood.

And Neil Redfearn's side secured a 1-1 draw as former Forest player Billy Sharp netted emphatically from the spot in the 54th minute, after Sam Byram had been tripped by Danny Fox.

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Antenucci double earns Leeds three points

Mirco Antenucci
Mirco Antenucci struck both goals. Credit: PA

Mirco Antenucci scored twice and Leeds scratched a nine-year itch against Derby as the Championship pace-setters were beaten 2-0 at Elland Road.

Prior to today United had failed to defeat the Rams since September 2005, some 12 games ago in their rivalry. That Derby won 10 of that dozen made it an all the more frustrating record for the Whites.

One win in 10 against anyone before this hardly inspired confidence either but Antenucci's double powered Leeds on as Steve McClaren's men were rattled in a way they rarely have been this season.

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