The news was announced Fearing a five- match ban for using abusive and/or insulting words towards opponent Cameron Jerome which was contrary to the FA's rule E3(1) and further worsened by the fact that this incident represented an 'aggravated breach' due to the 'alleged' words being of a racially-motivated nature, Giuseppe Bellusci can now breath a deep sigh of relief. The reason for this is after an independent regulatory commission found the FA charge 'not proven', Bellusci is an exonerated man.
Vehemently and consistently denying the charge laid against him, Giuseppe Bellusci requested a personal hearing which was conducted yesterday, Thursday February 5th 2015; the results of which have just filtered through. The club issued a statement saying, "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. 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."
Bellusci will still have to serve the remainder of his two-match suspension for his second red card of the season which means that he will miss the home game against Brentford on Saturday.
The club announced Bellusci's exoneration shortly after 1p.m. this afternoon with a statement on the club website as well as the following Tweet on the official club Twitter account, which has 115,000 followers
Leeds United can confirm that defender Giuseppe Bellusci has been cleared of using racist remarks on October 21 and will face no ban #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) February 6, 2015
@LUFC That's very good to hear because there is no room for racism in 2015 so I hope it goes away Brian, Exeter— Brian Pilton (@BrianPilton) February 6, 2015