FA look into claim Cameron Jerome racially abused

The FA has confirmed it is investigating allegations that Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci racially abused Norwich striker Cameron Jerome.

Jerome 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.

“I can confirm we are investigating this allegation,” said an FA spokesman.

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. “The referee was also away from this moment.

“I didn’t speak with him after the match. I’m used to not staying in the dressing room after the game. I’m sure that somebody will make a statement, yes.”

Jerome said on Twitter that he would be happy to let the FA deal with the matter.

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.”