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Diouf claims HE suffered racist abuse

Blackburn Rovers forward El-Hadji Diouf has today claimed that Everton fans threw bananas at him at the weekend - a day after he was accused of racially abusing a ball boy.

Diouf was questioned by police after the 3-0 defeat at the weekend but Diouf has since protested his innocence and has now revealed his side of the story. Diouf claims that he was on the the end of the wrongdoing and that people are just going off his reputation when deciding guilt on the matter.

Hadji told Radio Monte Carlo: 'The ball went out and I wanted to take the throw in quickly. The ball-boy threw the ball at me like a bone to a dog. The assistant referee told me he saw it but we had to continue and we would look at it at half-time.

'What's more people threw bananas at me. The fourth official said he would make a report to the police. I didn't say anything so that people couldn't say, 'it's El-Hadji Diouf again'. I've had problems before but never like on Sunday.'

Diouf, who has never been far from controversy, has given a totally different version of events this time round and even gave further explination to try and clear his name.

Diouf continued - 'I didn't even speak to him. I just told the assistant ref that the ball-boy should respect the players. And after that I left. But people in the stands said I aimed racist words to the kid.

'The police interrogated me for three minutes. I don't want the matter to rest there. For a kid to say things like that is unacceptable. I've had other problems, of spitting or fighting on the pitch but not of racism.

'I don't have just black friends. I have a very good understanding with Gael Givet here at Blackburn for example. All this is not El Hadji Diouf. I did nothing.

'People have a habit of sticking labels on me like three years ago when I was at Bolton. They had said I had spat on a small child during a game against Middlesbrough. But it was never proved and I was cleared.

'I understand that they don't love me at Everton. But to say that I aimed racist words to a child means anything goes. The referee pointed it out to the police after the game. People do anything to earn money on the back of the players.'




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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 23 2009

Time: 9:20AM

Your Comments

strange one, not saying it didn't happen as I wasn't there but don't you think the press would have noticed and picked up on it if bananas had been thrown? They aren't exactly difficult to not see flying through the air are they? Everyone in the ground would surely have seen it and if that had happened, I'd have not blamed him for blowing his top.
The Fear
This is a bit weird from both sides and I do think that the papers are trying to make a bigger deal of it than it should be. Until the enquiry is made its just one mans word against another.
Mikey D
Whatever the rights and wrongs this is doing no-one any favours and giving trouble makers plenty of excuse to stir things up! I hope the Police and FA sort this out quickly. Puzzled about the bananas - surely there were so many TV, security and press cameras around the ground that evidence of flying bananas would be captured! A red herring? Let's hope it is sorted soon and lets get back to football!
YORK ROVER
agreed with all of that york - no good can come of this either way!
Mikey D
Meh i couldn't give a stuff what the ball boy recons... Diouf is one of us and untill these accusations are proved i agree with him- its just his reputation making everyone assume the worst. It'll shut them up when he puts 3 past Villa this weekend
retroflair31
I think we should give a stuff what the ball-boy says as these kinds of things shouldn't be happening, aren't we trying to stamp racism out of the game and the world in general?? However, Diouf isn't guilty until proven innocent, which appears to be the way it is!! CCTV would see these bananas if thrown, it's all very well people saying they weren't seen, cameras don't lie. YORK is right though, the sooner this is resolved the better!!
Walker
 

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