Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Lionel Messi Accused of Racism

Innocent until proven guilty. That's the longstanding principle in matters like this, but whether it will prevail in the case of Royston Drenthe vs. Lionel Messi will only become clear in the next few days.

Here's what Drenthe told Dutch website, with translation by

"I played against him [Messi] many times and we always have problems with each other.

You know what bothers me so? That tone with which he always says, 'negro, negro'. I understand that 'negro' in South America is very common, but we can not stand it.

Mahamadou Diarra, my team-mate at Real, could explode if 'negro' was aimed at him. The Argentinean Gabriel Heinze and Gonzalo Higuain said it initially on the training ground, but they were stopped.

When Hercules [the team Drenthe spent a year on loan with last season] played Barcelona, during the game I had a small altercation with him [Messi]. He gave me a hand in the match and again said a few times, 'hola negro'


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