No decision on Nastase for at least two weeks - ITF's Haggerty

"Any abuse is not alright, but when it s a couple of metres away from you, screaming at you, I think that s a different ball game".

Cirstea was the first to question Konta's version of events after the match on Saturday, with the main objection that play was stopped not at 2-1 in the second set following Natase's unpleasant outburst but after the Romanian had won the next game, and she was backed up by Halep and Begu. "I explained we simply reported what he said and that it was unnecessary to make such a comment about colour".

The final day of April's Fed Cup weekend is underway, and Australia and Italy were among the first teams to clinch victories over Serbia and Chinese Taipei, respectively, keeping their spots in World Group II.

The International Tennis Federation, which organizes the Fed Cup, said Sunday that Nastase "may not participate in the Fed Cup in any capacity with immediate effect".

"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 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas tie in Constanta", read the ITF statement.

Britain's captain Anne Keothavong also said she was made to feel uncomfortable by "innapropriate comments" made by Nastase at the official pre-match dinner.

Nastase is already under investigation for comments he made earlier in the tournament about pregnant women's tennis champion Serena Williams' unborn baby.

Ilie Nastase was unrepentant on Monday after being suspended from the Fed Cup for abusing the British team and the referee in a playoff.

Watson backed up her team-mate, saying: "When she started to get upset on the court I wanted to cry too".

"His accreditation was removed and he will play no further part in the tie".

Nastase reportedly sent flowers to the British team after the tie but "he can't be allowed to come out of this smelling of roses", says Sean Ingle of The Guardian, who describes the former world number one as a "sneering, leering, loud, louche" thowback.

The visitors gained a consolation win when Laura Robson and Jocelyn Rae beat Halep and Monica Niculescu 6-3 1-6 10-8 in the doubles dead rubber.

However, Nastase blatantly ignored the ban on Sunday and turned up at the venue on the Black Sea coast, walking into the VIP lounge before being asked to leave by the Romanian Tennis Federation president. However, the 70-year-old still wasn't done.

"I am 71 years old" - though he does not turn that age until July - "I am no longer a sportsman", he said.

He called her "stupid" and then took his frustration court-side as tempers flared up during Konta's match.

Nastase screamed at the umpire: "It's not the opera, what's your fucking problem?"

A courtside meltdown during Jo Konta's match against Sorana Cirstea on Saturday after the umpire warned the home crowd for shouting out during points.

  • Julie Sanders