Messi accused of racial remarks

Updated: May 11, 2012

Lionel Messi has been accused of calling Royston Drenthe a ‘negro’.

While playing for Real Madrid, on-loan everton midfielder Royston Drenthe has stated he was racially abused by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. “I played against him many times and we always have problems with each other,” Drenthe said.

“You know what bothers me so? That tone with which he always says, ‘negro, negro’.”

This has been a huge issue this season following the Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra affair. Drenthe has described how racist remarks are very common in Spanish soccer and they seem to occur very regularly.
“I understand that negro in South America is very common, but we cannot stand it.

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

“When Hércules played Barcelona, during the game I had a small altercation with him. He gave me a hand in the match and again said a few times, ‘Hola, negro’.”

If the Spanish soccer officials look into this matter and find these accusations to be true one would have to wonder would any action be taken against Messi. The Argentinian is so loved and adored by millions of people around the world and it is unlikely he would have to serve a ban like the one issued by the Football Associaton (FA) of England against Suarez.

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