Diouf denies reports of racist abuse
Rangers striker El Hadji Diouf has moved to quash reports that Celtic manager Neil Lennon racially abused him during last week’s Old Firm match.
Diouf, on loan at Rangers from Blackburn, attempted to defuse the row over his clash with the Celtic boss in last week’s ill-tempered Old Firm match.
Police are investigating a number of complaints from Rangers fans who claim Lennon used a vile racial taunt – which he vehemently denies.
But Diouf himself has insisted he will not be complaining to police about any racism allegations. He said: “Neil Lennon is a nice guy and I do not believe he racially abused me. Neil Lennon is not a racist and I have every respect for him as a manager.”
Meanwhile, Diouf’s agent Willie McKay revealed the Celtic boss and the Rangers striker have a mutual friend in former Lens, Leicester and Liverpool goalkeeper Pegguy Arphexad.
The agent added: “El Hadji is also great friends with one of Lennon’s former Leicester team-mates, Pegguy Arphexad, who he played with at Racing Club Lens.
“If people are trying to put the boot into Neil Lennon, he is not interested. He would never make a complaint. As far as he is concerned it is finished with.
“It is a big thing about nothing. The only thing El Hadji wants to do is sign a new contract with Rangers.”
Lennon’s lawyer Paul McBride QC yesterday said the racism allegations against the Celtic boss were “defamatory and outrageous with no substance whatsoever”.
From the Daily Record