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Blackburn's Diouf hits back over QPR criticism

Blackburn forward El-Hadji Diouf has been subjected to much anger from the QPR camp after allegedly taunting Rangers striker Jamie Mackie as he lay on the ground with a broken leg during Rovers 1-0 FA Cup win at Ewood Park last weekend. Rangers boss Neil Warnock said calling Diouf a sewer rat "might be insulting to sewer rats" in an attack on a player who has been no stranger to controversy during his days at former club's Liverpool and Bolton.

But the 30 year old has strenuously denied Warnock's claims.

Diouf told Sky Sports News: "I am very sorry for the lad to have broken his leg, the QPR player.

"But what Warnock said - I never said that.

"After the game I argued with some players, that's it.

"When the lad broke his leg, I never said anything back to him.

"I never talked to him, you can ask Benjani or Ryan Nelsen.

"Everything Warnock said is not right."

Diouf then decided to disparage Warnock himself.

He said: "I am not disappointed with what Warnock said - who is Warnock? He is nothing to me.

"He is not Alex Ferguson, he is not Arsene Wenger, he is not Sam Allardyce or an important manager."

Diouf believes he is too often judged on his past reputation.

He said: "Of course, but I am a strong man and I can survive with that."

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