Cellino backs Bellusci over claims


Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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

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 to Press Association Sport 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,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “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.”

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

He Tweeted: “On what was actually said would not be fair for me to say at this point but it will be a matter for the governing body to deal with.

“As all will know an allegation has been made by myself to the referee in which he made note of and will write it in his match report.”

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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