Leeds United: Bellusci granted extra time over racism charge

Giuseppe Bellusci.
Giuseppe Bellusci.
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Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been given an extra seven days by the Football Association to respond to his racism charge.

The 25-year-old, who is accused of racially abusing Norwich City’s Cameron Jerome during a game at Carrow Road on October 21, now has until next Friday (January 9) to admit or deny the allegation.

Bellusci was originally told to respond by today (January 2) but that deadline has been extended with the agreement of both sides.

The centre-back - a £1.6m signing from Catania in August - intends to deny the charge.

He faces a minimum five-game suspension if the FA’s disciplinary commission finds him guilty.

In a statement issued last month, Leeds said: “The player has consistently made it clear to the club that he did not use racist language.

“The club understands that there is no third-party evidence supporting Mr Jerome’s allegation. Accordingly, the player will be contesting the charge.”