Johanna Konta was accused of gamesmanship after being reduced to tears by abuse from Romania Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase and the crowd on an extraordinary afternoon in Constanta.

Konta, from Eastbourne, was leading Sorana Cirstea 6-2 1-2 in the second rubber of the World Group II play-off when Nastase lost control.

As well as abusing umpire Jaume Campistol and tie referee Andreas Egli, Nastase called Konta and Anne Keothavong "bitches" before escorted off court and then away from Tenis Club IDU.

The International Tennis Federation has launched an investigation and removed the accreditation of Nastase, meaning he will not be able to attend the final day of the tie on Sunday.

Konta was so upset by the incident and subsequent abuse she received from the 1,700-strong crowd that, after tearfully dropping serve in the next game, play was suspended for around 20 minutes.

On the resumption, Konta reeled off five games in a row to win 6-2 6-3, tying the match at 1-1 after Simona Halep had earlier defeated Heather Watson 6-4 6-1.

Konta said: "It was not something anyone should experience.

"It did upset me quite a lot and that was shown. I am not one to cry on court. It was slightly embarrassing but it affected me more than I would have liked.

"I know that Fed Cups can be quite emotional and can sometimes take an unexpected turn but it wasn't something I was prepared for.

"Obviously, it left me slightly unnerved but the best I could do was to make it as much about the tennis as possible. I felt I did that and am looking forward to that again tomorrow."

Cirstea, ranked 62, felt Konta had used the situation unfairly to her advantage and accused the 25-year-old of being too soft.

"I'm not happy," Cirstea said. "Johanna, speaking tennis wise, she was better than me today. My problem was, and I still do not understand, why the match was stopped at 2-1.

"I did not hear what Ilie said, I understand you take Ilie out, perfect. Then we play another game, I win it, and then suddenly you started crying and let's go off the court.

"I've played all over the world, they called me from gypsy to bitch to idiot. They were doing like (mimes slitting throat) to me. I never cried and left the court, I stay there and I play.

"Afterwards I go to the umpire and I ask him what do I do? I stay on the court, I go out? He said, 'I don't know'. I went to the supervisor, I said, 'What do I do, how long is the break?' He said, 'I don't know'.

"We did not exist any more, it was only the English team. And then when she (Konta) comes back on court she says, 'I'm sorry', so she knew she exaggerated.

"You don't do this, you stay and play. And the public was okay. They didn't do anything. And now they say they feel threatened.

"We are in Romania, everyone was so nice, we treated you guys so nice. I don't feel it's right that you put all this on us because we're a lower country than England. You were from the beginning expecting to jump.

"Next time I'm in trouble I will cry, maybe I can go off the court. As Romanians we get double insulted because of our nation, but it's okay, we are tough. Tougher than English people apparently."