Messi accused of racism by Drenthe

Current Ballon d’Or holder Lionel Messi has been accused of racism by former Everton and Real Madrid winger Royston Drenthe.

The Netherlands international has played against the Barcelona man on a number of occasions whilst part of the Santiago Bernabeu squad and for Hercules, and reveals that the Argentine insulted him due to his race.

“I played against him many times and we always have problems with each other,” Drenthe told Dutch media, translated to English by The Telegraph.

“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 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’,” the winger concluded.

 By Gareth McKnight

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