Neil Adams - Norwich City’s Cameron Jerome will not be affected by FA racism probe
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Neil Adams insists Norwich City striker Cameron Jerome will not be affected by the on-going FA investigation into an alleged racist incident during the recent Championship draw against Leeds.
Jerome claimed he was racially abused by United's Italian defender Giuseppe Bellusci in the first half of the midweek 1-1 draw that prompted referee Mark Clattenburg to half the action and speak to both players, along with the two managers on the touchline.
Leeds' officials have since publicly backed Bellusci but Adams is confident the 28-year-old City frontman is experienced enough to cope with being subjected to such national scrutiny following the high-profile spat.
'The fact he is an experienced player I have no issues he will handle all that focus and the attention,' said Adams. 'I spoke to him at half-time and sometimes you can look at a player and the eyes are blurry and they are a million miles away. Obviously then we would have had to be careful with him because you wouldn't have wanted to send him back out for the second half and he gets sent off. We didn't want him to go out and do anything stupid.
'He was totally focused and totally professional. He was fine then and so moving forward I have no issues. He is an older professional, he is a level-headed man as well and he will deal with anything that comes his way. He is experienced enough to make sure he won't be affected.'