Everton demand apology from Diouf

Everton demand apology from Diouf

Everton have called on Blackburn striker El-Hadji Diouf to apologise and retract his claim that he was subjected to racial abuse during Sunday’s Premier League match at Goodison Park.

Diouf himself is being investigated by Merseyside Police for alleged racial abuse of a 14-year-old ball boy at the match.

Diouf told police after the final whistle – and repeated the claim on Monte Carlo Radio – that bananas were thrown at him from the Everton crowd.

Officers immediately scoured the area next to the pitch and in the stands but no bananas were found. No pictures have surfaced to back up his claim either.

Everton’s director of communications Ian Ross told talkSPORT that Diouf’s claims about bananas being thrown were false.

He said: “That is a wholly false allegation and I really would like him to retract that allegation and apologise to the supporters and staff of this football club.”

Ross added: “I don’t think there’s a worse allegation in modern sport than racism and it works both ways. At the moment, and from my perspective, it looks like Mr Diouf is accusing Everton fans of racist behaviour.

“The police will tell you that is completely untrue and in such circumstances we would expect him to apologise and retract his allegations.

“We would like a retraction and an apology because they are completely groundless.

“We find them offensive and a lot of our supporters have been in touch with the club to say that they find them offensive.”

Ross stressed Everton would have acted on the claims if they had found any supportive evidence.

He explained: “In the same way we wouldn’t tolerate our supporters racially abusing a supporter, a member of staff or a footballer in the stadium, we don’t really like the idea of a visiting footballer levelling that accusation at our supporters.

“We moved very quickly and had the allegation held any water at all, we would have said so.

“And the police certainly would have said so because we work very closely with their hate crimes unit through ourselves and through our community section, the Everton Foundation.

“But the police have confirmed today that the only investigation ongoing is into the allegations against Mr Diouf, not allegations of misbehaviour by Everton fans.”

More on this topic

Everton brush off Barcelona interest in RicharlisonEverton brush off Barcelona interest in Richarlison

Ancelotti talks up Calvert-Lewin’s England chancesAncelotti talks up Calvert-Lewin’s England chances

Brands accepts it’s ‘not realistic’ for Everton to buy a player for £60millionBrands accepts it’s ‘not realistic’ for Everton to buy a player for £60million

Ancelotti hopes another week of training can help Everton ‘improve quickly’Ancelotti hopes another week of training can help Everton ‘improve quickly’

More in this Section

Football rumours from the mediaFootball rumours from the media

Coronavirus: Rugby Australia stands down 75% of workforceCoronavirus: Rugby Australia stands down 75% of workforce

USA Rugby files for bankruptcy due to financial challenges caused by coronavirusUSA Rugby files for bankruptcy due to financial challenges caused by coronavirus

‘You don’t know where we are going to end up, or when we’re going to be back racing’‘You don’t know where we are going to end up, or when we’re going to be back racing’


Lifestyle

Ellie O’Byrne rounds up some of the virtual gigs, films and other eventsArts Noticeboard: Online entertainment options

It’s 25 years since Toy Story first stunned us with its brilliance. Esther McCarthy looks back onJohn Lasseter’s masterpiece and why it’s regarded as a milestone of modern cinemaInfinity and beyond: How Toy Story altered movie history

All the wines recommended this week are available for delivery.Wine with Leslie Williams: Looking for a wine delivery service? Here are a few ...

If I could be reborn for a day I’d be a cat. I love their serenity and independence and how they always manage to find that one shaft of sunlight.This Much I Know: Broadcaster, Mary Kennedy

More From The Irish Examiner