Barca Deny Messi 'Negro' Taunt
5/11/2012 3:30:36 PM -
Barcelona have defended Lionel Messi against accusations he directed a racial term at Royston Drenthe.
Drenthe, who is currently on loan at Everton from Real Madrid, claims Messi called him a 'negro' repeatedly during his time in Spain.
Barcelona have dismissed the claims and praised Messi's character.
'The player has always shown maximum respect and sportsmanship towards his rivals, something recognised by fellow professionals,' a spokesman said.
'We are sure that any accusations to the contrary are well wide of the mark.'
Drenthe, 25, has spent this season, the final year of his Real Madrid contract, on loan at Goodison Park but he has been excluded from David Moyes' squad in recent weeks for disciplinary reasons. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17720630