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Giuseppe Bellusci will start for Leeds despite racism claim - report

The Italian defender is set to start for Leeds United on Saturday, despite being the target of a Football Association investigation.

It was alleged that Bellusci used a racist remark in front of Norwich forward Cameron Jerome during Tuesday evening’s 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

The 25-year-old has been one of few standout performers for the Whites this season, but, with no action taken at the moment of the incident, the FA have confirmed that they will be launching an investigation into the claims.

Despite the report, the Yorkshire Post believes that Bellusci has the full backing of club president Massimo Cellino, as well as head coach Darko Milanic - who confirmed that the central defender will start on Saturday, with the club hosting Wolves at Elland Road.

Mark Clattenburg has submitted a written report on the incident, and it has been revealed that Bellusci could be set to meet the FA governing board as early as today, although there is no defined timescale on the incident - with previous cases taking upwards of weeks to conclude. The John Terry case took over a year to close, and, whether guilty or not, Bellusci undoubtedly will feature heavily for much of this season before faced with possible punishment.

When asked whether Bellusci will play against Wolves during Thursday’s press conference, head coach Milanic said: “Yes.”

The coach would not elaborate further on the situation, only saying: “There is an investigation but I can’t talk about this.

“He is with the president and with the sporting director.”

Leeds also enter the game looking to give Steve Morison his first start of the season, with the forward likely to replace Souleymane Doukara and Billy Sharp, who are suspended and injured respectively.

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