El-Hadji Diouf has snapped back at Steven Gerrard in the wake of comments the former Liverpool captain made in his new autobiography about the gob-happy Senegalese forward and his general conduct during his ill-fated stint at Anfield.
For the unaware, Gerrard accused ex-teammate Diouf of having “no real interest in football” and “caring nothing for Liverpool” in his latest tome, My Story, also adding that the way Diouf spat a “huge globule of gunky phlegm” at a Celtic fan during a UEFA Cup match in 2003 summed up his “contemptuous and spiteful demeanour”.
A few people have since asked me if I saw any comparison between Diouf and Mario Balotelli – and I’ve always said no.
I’ve got respect for Balotelli; I’ve got none for Diouf.
Well, it looks like things are about to get unnecessarily ugly, with Diouf responding to Gerrard’s criticism by making some potentially serious allegations to Portuguese radio station Radio Future Média:
We all saw how he made life difficult for Mario Balotelli at Liverpool. I warned him. Liverpool isn’t a team that accepts black people unless they are English.
It’s common knowledge. Gerrard has never liked black people. When I was at Liverpool, I showed him I was black, that I wasn’t English, but that I’m no pushover.
All the time I was there, he never dared looked me in the eye.
With the accusations of racism out of the way, Diouf went on to suggest that Gerrard is simply jealous of his glorious achievements:
Gerrard is just jealous. What I have done in football, he did not. When I came to Liverpool, I came up with the status of boss and he lives there.
I am respected in world football, the greatest football experts have appointed me among the seven best players in the World Cup, the top 100 players of the century.
Everywhere I go out of my country, they worship me. Wherever he goes outside his city of Liverpool, he will be insulted.
Feel free to make your own minds up people.
We’re just not feeling up to getting involved with this one.