FA Launch Probe Into Claim Jerome Racially

The English Football Association has confirmed it is investigating allegations by Norwich striker Cameron Jerome that he was racially abused by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci.

Jerome had complained to referee Mark Clattenburg midway through the first half of the 1-1 draw at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, and the match official is to submit a report to the FA on the incident. An FA spokesman said: “I can confirm we are investigating this allegation.”

Clattenburg stopped the game to speak to coaching teams in the technical areas, but did not take any disciplinary action and eventually allowed play to resume.

After the game, Norwich manager Neil Adams told Sky Sports News HQ “Cameron has complained of a racist remark, so that’s why the referee came over and made myself and (Leeds boss) Darko (Milanic) aware of what had happened. He spoke to the players and representatives at half-time and he’ll submit a report. That’s where we are with the situation.”

Asked if Jerome was to make a statement, he added: “I think all parties will. They’ll ask for that and obviously that will be dealt with at the appropriate time.

“The referee has taken statements now and he’ll make the report. Of course if it does go any further than that, then it’s not the right time now to speak about it.” Milanic insisted afterwards that he knew little about the incident, but expects his team to also offer a statement.

“It’s difficult for me to comment because I didn’t hear nothing,” he said. Jerome said on Twitter that he would be happy to let the FA deal with the matter.

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