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No regrets for Nastase over Fed Cup rant

Press Association logoPress Association 24/04/2017 Eleanor Crooks

Ilie Nastase was unrepentant about his Fed Cup tennis expulsion and doesn't care what punishment he receives.

The Romania Fed Cup captain was thrown out of the World Group II playoff against Great Britain on Saturday after swearing at officials, GB captain Anne Keothavong and world No.7 Johanna Konta.

Former world No.1 Nastase was heard to call Keothavong and Konta "f***ing bitches" after the British team complained about calls from the crowd during points.

The 70-year-old told the Daily Mirror: "I don't regret it and they can send me to prison if they want - I don't care.

"I was just trying to promote the interest of my girl. The English player just stormed off without even asking permission to leave the court and I admit that's when I called her a bitch.

"She kept trying to keep the crowd quiet - but it's not an opera it's a game.

"I don't need this bullsh*t. I'm 70 years old. I don't even get paid for being team captain. I don't give a sh*t if they fine me or don't let me sit in the captain's chair.

"Remember I was world number one. If you throw someone out who was a world number one, it's not good for tennis."

Nastase has been provisionally suspended from all ITF events pending an investigation and is sure to face severe punishment.

Not that he paid attention to his ban from the tie, brazenly walking through the front door of Tenis Club IDU on Sunday shortly after Romania had clinched victory and heading for the VIP lounge.

Nastase left an hour later after reportedly sending flowers for the British team and Keothavong to their locker room.

Nastase was already being investigated by the ITF for an apparently racist remark about Serena Williams' unborn baby on Friday, the two-time grand slam champion having said: "Let's see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?"

He refused to apologise for that, too, saying: "I don't know what all the fuss is about."

Fired up by the situation, Romania gleefully celebrated their victory after Simona Halep defeated a subdued Konta 6-1 6-3 and Irina-Camelia Begu edged out Heather Watson 6-4 7-5.

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