Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged by the FA with racially abusing Norwich City's Cameron Jerome during an English League Championship match in October.
The FA announced the misconduct charge on Monday. It stems from a complaint from Jerome, who told referee Mark Clattenburg during the Oct. 21 match at Carrow Road that Bellusci insulted him. Clattenburg halted the game to talk with both managers before letting Bellusci off with a warning. Jerome received a yellow card shortly thereafter when he approached Bellusci.
Norwich and Leeds played to a 1-1 draw.
The FA statement reads:
"Leeds United player Giuseppe Bellusci has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 which is alleged to have occurred during the fixture between Norwich City and Leeds United on October 21 2014.
It is alleged Bellusci used abusive and/or insulting words towards Cameron Jerome, of Norwich City FC, contrary to Rule E3(1).
It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.
Bellusci has until 2 January 2014 to respond."
Leeds faces Wigan Athletic on Friday and Derby County on Dec. 30 to round out 2014.
- Mike Fiammetta