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CITY 'DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED' WITH BELLUSCI VERDICT

6 February 2015

Canaries fully behind Jerome on eve of annual Kick It Out game

NORWICH City is deeply disappointed by the 'not proven' verdict from the Independent Regulatory Commission appointed to investigate allegations of a racist comment by Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci towards Cameron Jerome, during our Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road on October 21.

In its verdict, the commission commented that Cameron Jerome was a truthful and honest witness throughout the long investigation into the incident.

Norwich City fully supports Cameron, who genuinely believed he was on the receiving end of unacceptable language on the field of play, reported it in the correct manner to the match officials and has conducted himself with dignity throughout the months since the incident.

This weekend's game against Blackpool is our annual 'Kick It Out' game, in which we will once again highlight our determination to combat discrimination in all its guises on and off the pitch.

The Club was proud to have been awarded the Kick It Out Preliminary Standard earlier this season and will continue to work with KIO and other relevant organisations to maintain and promote our zero-tolerance stance on racism.

As part of this on-going commitment, the Club would certainly urge players at all levels of the game to report unacceptable language used to them on or off the pitch via the appropriate channels, as Cameron has done in this instance.

Cameron Jerome commented: "I heard a comment made to me which was totally unacceptable during the game against Leeds and I reported it straight away to the referee.

"I'm glad the commission has said that they believe I truthfully reported what I genuinely believe I heard.

"While I'm obviously disappointed with the not proven verdict, now I'm just focussing as always on my next game for Norwich City. But I will always continue to report anything unacceptable I hear said to me on or off the pitch and I would certainly encourage any other players in a similar situation to do so as well.

"We must stand up together to eradicate these problems from our game and our society."

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