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Nastase appeals ban over offensive behaviour in Fed Cup


By Paul lBurrows

Ilie Nastase has appealed against his International Tennis Federation ban. The 71-year-old was suspended from taking any official role at ITF events until 2021 by an adjudication panel last month following his behaviour as Romania's Fed Cup captain in a clash against Great Britain in April.

Nastase was also banned from ITF events until the end of next year and fined $10,000 (approx £7,800).

An ITF spokesman confirmed Nastase has appealed to an independent tribunal.

The spokesman added: "No further information will be issued until the tribunal has reached its decision as the process is confidential."

Nastase was provisionally suspended by the ITF in the wake of the tie in Constanta.

The former French and US Open champion was accused of racism by Serena Williams when he was overheard saying of her unborn baby: "Let's see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?''

He also twice asked British captain Anne Keothavong for her hotel room number before being thrown out for a foul-mouthed on-court tirade.

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