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Racism claim against Messi

2012-05-10 20:25

Barcelona - Barcelona have staunchly defended Lionel Messi over claims he racially abused a black Real Madrid player several seasons ago.

Dutch midfielder Royston Drenthe, who is currently on loan at Everton, was quoted in a Dutch magazine as saying he was taunted by the Argentina forward and three-time world Player of the Year during several of their Spanish league encounters.

Barcelona said in a statement that the accusations "are well wide of the mark" and that Messi "has always shown maximum respect and sportsmanship towards his rivals."

Drenthe, who is black, claims Messi used the word "negro" in a negative tone. Liverpool's Luis Suarez was banned for eight games for taunting Manchester United's Patrice Evra the same way this season.

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Comments
  • Frans - 2012-05-10 20:50

    Oh please Royston, why only come forward now? If it's really the case, why didn't you complain after the second time it happened. I smell bull manure.

  • songezo.kilani - 2012-05-10 21:36

    Well racism is an issue in spanish countries, let us nt be clouded jst because this is \messi\

      Sean - 2012-05-11 01:05

      This must be the f@cken cherry on the cake !! LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sean - 2012-05-11 01:05

      This must be the f@cken cherry on the cake !! LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-05-10 21:45

    The Dutch guy should just scream apartheid and no one would mind if he played like a 3 year old. All will be forgiven. he is probably having a bad season and is going to be dropped

  • ronnie.kobe - 2012-05-10 21:56

    I knew it the Spaniards at it again, notorious racists. My question is do white people have racial slurs? We blacks get called mulato, negro, sometimes monkies...

      Sean - 2012-05-11 01:09

      I got called a f@cken boer how many times (i`m not even afrikaans ) , now must I cry about it ??

      Sean - 2012-05-11 01:09

      I got called a f@cken boer how many times (i`m not even afrikaans ) , now must I cry about it ??

      Sean - 2012-05-11 01:15

      @ronnie.kobe - Answer this to me : I call a white guy , ``hey you white piece of sh@t`` and I call a black guy , ``hey you black piece of sh@t`` - It`s the same ?? Why would I get crucified about comment no 2 ?? Pathetic !! You guys are obesessed with color and racism !!

      Sean - 2012-05-11 01:15

      @ronnie.kobe - Answer this to me : I call a white guy , ``hey you white piece of sh@t`` and I call a black guy , ``hey you black piece of sh@t`` - It`s the same ?? Why would I get crucified about comment no 2 ?? Pathetic !! You guys are obesessed with color and racism !!

  • Jonathan Rose - 2012-05-10 22:04

    This could get 'messi'

  • Deon - 2012-05-10 22:21

    Ag shame need some attention. Leave the best players alone. If your career is down the drain don't get on the racism band wagon to get attention. You look like a fool

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-10 22:26

    This Royston bloke has got discipline problems nobody should pay attention on his ridiculous claims, that's why since his arrival in mersyside he has played very few matches, during his first month at Everton he had a training bust up with sylvian distin and a dressing room bust up with Victor anichebe, he also questioned David moyes team selection forgetting that moyes has been a Everton manager for the past nine years when he Royston arrived at Everton, he is just trying to tarnish messi's good image the guy (messi) is one of the humble sportsmen I have ever seen.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-05-10 22:51

    Don't buy an E tag

  • Paul Botha - 2012-05-10 23:55

    Negro means black in Spanish so n don't c the problem !!

      Sean - 2012-05-11 01:17

      Soon one won`t be able to tackle a non-white player anymore , otherwise you are labled a racist !!

  • Elvistorams - 2012-05-11 02:52

    This guy is just seeking attention,and he is trying against the worlds best.why come out now ,why not when it happened the first or second time?he is trying to tarnish lionel messi's future and barcelona as a brand.i wish he penalised for that.when messi breaks football records this guy just wanns destoy him.this is pure jelous.i think he would have jumped to the opportunity the same time when it happened,guys like samuel etoo,roberto carlos did and many more why he could not,bad timming.sorry i dont buy it

  • Gunner - 2012-05-11 07:01

    Definitely "NO" to racism in sport....If Messi is found to be guilty he should pay the price...Suarez did for a similar offence...I find it really silly that these South Americans "call" people by their race group...Does Messi refer to a Eurpopean "Whitey" or a Japanese "Asian"????

  • Ntando - 2012-05-11 07:03

    news24. Stop your obsession with racism. Its gettin out of hand now. I read the article on goal.com. He doesn't accuse messi of racism, he's simply saying tht in south america the word is used with such innocence, as a result messi, higuain and hierra have used it wthout being aware of its derrogatory nature. Damnit news24. U suck!

  • goodman.segage - 2012-05-11 07:10

    I smell jealousy over the whole saga. The Dutch man is jealousy over Messi, tryna to jeapordize his career.

  • Delaine - 2012-05-11 07:23

    He claims it happened seasons ago,then why bring it up now? Does he want to be made famous? All this doesn't make sense. come on don't destroy someone life just so u can be noticed and feel important. I don't feel Messi should be benched for something like this.

  • mthunzi.phakathi - 2012-05-11 07:59

    Ok ok, the word means black in spanish. Lionel messi speaks spanish, its a term frm south america which is used commonly. Did he taunt or was he js toking to him? So many missing details. To me useless article and these claims should be ignored.

  • masepe.toka - 2012-05-11 09:56

    This is jst an attempt 2bring down th worlds best player!! Why bring it up nw Drenthe

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