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Kick It Out offer support to 'disappointed' Jerome as Leeds defender cleared of racism allegation

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Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci cleared of racism allegation.

Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been cleared of the racism charge levied against him.

The Italian was accused of using racist language in a Championship game against Norwich City earlier this season at Elland Road, by striker Cameron Jerome.

If found guilty the defender would have faced a ban in the region of five games, but is available to play once his suspension for his red card against Bournemouth expires after this weekend.

Anti-racism campaign group Kick It Out have offered their support to Cameron Jerome via a statement on their website, with the striker admitting he is disappointed.

The charge has hung over Bellusci for months, and Leeds issued their own statement at the outcome of the case, with a hearing held by the Football League earlier this week.

Slovenian manager Darko Milanic was the head coach of Leeds at the time with the actual game finishing 1-1.

Kick It Out statement

“Kick It Out notes the decision taken by the Independent Regulatory Commission to find the case brought against Giuseppe Bellusci as not proven. We now await the publication of the full written reasons behind the decision, and will be looking to speak to Cameron Jerome to ascertain how he wishes to proceed, and what support we can offer him.” 

Source: Kick It Out website 

Cameron Jerome's statement

"I heard a comment made to me which was totally unacceptable during the game against Leeds and I reported it straight away to the referee.

"I'm glad the commission has said that they believe I truthfully reported what I genuinely believe I heard.

"While I'm obviously disappointed with the not proven verdict, now I'm just focussing as always on my next game for Norwich City. But I will always continue to report anything unacceptable I hear said to me on or off the pitch and I would certainly encourage any other players in a similar situation to do so as well.

Source: Norwich City website

Leeds United statement 

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. Leeds United is a fully inclusive organisation and through the efforts of the Leeds United Foundation aims to work with every aspect of our community by celebrating diversity and recognising cultural differences.

Source: Leeds United website 

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