El-Hadji Diouf claims racist abuse
Diouf has recently been the subject of a police investigation following accusations of racist abuse towards a ball-boy, but the Senegal international maintains his innocence and is adamant he was the victim.
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“People threw bananas at me, and the referee told me he would report this to the police,” Diouf said.
“I have had problems before but never anything like the ones I had on Sunday. I don't want to let this matter rest.”
The former Liverpool forward has a reputation as a trouble-maker following several high-profile incidents involving spitting, but refutes allegations he is a racist and admitted his frustration surrounding the events of the weekend.
“I didn't even speak to him,” Diouf insisted.
“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.
“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.
“I've had other problems, of spitting or fighting on the pitch, but not of racism. I understand that they don't love me at Everton. But to say that I aimed racist words to a child means anything goes.”
A spokesman for Everton Football Club confirmed, “The only investigation being undertaken is into the allegations against El Hadji Diouf.
“There is no investigation ongoing into the behaviour of Everton supporters.”