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Tennis legend Suspended After Racist Comment About Serena William’s Unborn Baby

Captain Ilie Nastase, a Romanian tennis legend is in hot water after allegedly making a racist comment about Serena Williams’ unborn baby and  getting tossed from a Fed Cup match against Great Britain for yelling obscenities from his courtside seat the next day.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has launched an investigation into Nastase’s behavior.

At the Fed Cup draw in Constanta on Friday, the 70-year-old former world No. 1 was heard speaking in Romanian about Williams’ baby.

He was quoted as saying;
“Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?
Williams, who confirmed her pregnancy through a spokesperson last week, is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who is white.
On Monday the tennis star posted a photo on Instagram with a note she penned to her unborn child.

The Federation said in a statement that;
“The ITF does not tolerate discriminatory and offensive language and behavior of any kind.”
“We are aware of alleged comments made by Romanian Captain Ilie Nastase and have begun an immediate investigation so that we have the full facts of the situation before taking further and appropriate action.”
By Sunday, the ITF had slapped Nastase with a provisional suspension.

An ITF statement read:

“The ITF’s Internal Adjudication Panel has issued Ilie Nastase with a provisional suspension under the Fed Cup regulations for a breach of the Fed Cup welfare policy at the tie in Constanta.”
Nastase was expelled from the match for unsportsmanlike conduct, and suspended.
“Under the terms of the provisional suspension, Nastase may not participate in the Fed Cup in any capacity with immediate effect and shall be denied access to, and accreditation for, any ITF event including Fed Cup. 
“The investigation by the Internal Adjudication Panel is ongoing. No further comment will be made during the investigation.”
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