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Blackburn's Diouf defiant in battle with Everton

Blackburn Rovers striker El Hadji Diouf stands by his row with Everton over his ball-boy clash.

Police were called in to investigate claims that Diouf, 28, made a racist comment to a ball boy, but the Blackburn player infuriated Everton by accusing their supporters of pelting him with bananas - even though none were found.

Everton have since demanded a public apology but Diouf came out fighting last night, insisting he is the victim of a hate campaign. He told the Daily Mail: "The media have talked about something that never existed by saying that I am a racist.

"The proof is that the referee sided with me. Better still, I have not been punished. People can say what they want, but I have a charity in England that helps people. I donate money to hospitals.

"Am I a racist? I am a desperado and a bad boy and whether in England, France or Senegal I sell papers.

"They try to find out things about me all the time. But I am mentally strong and they can't hurt me. I get booed wherever I go, but I have never let my fans down. I am the leader. El Hadji Diouf is a star whether you like it or not - everybody knows me."



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