The race storm around Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has reignited.

Ex-Gunners ace Fabregas was accused of insulting Fredi Kanoute in an ugly incident that saw the Sevilla star sent off during Saturday's 0-0 draw with Barcelona.

Fabregas denied the claims after the game - and again yesterday after being grilled about it.

He said: "I spoke with Kanoute and we said what we had to say.

"Like every football player, I'm no saint, but I never said anything racist."

Kanoute sparked the bust-up by kicking the ball off the spot as Lionel Messi prepared to take a penalty.