'Desperado' Diouf re-ignites row

23 October 2009 10:01
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Blackburn Rovers forward El Hadji Diouf claims he is a target for the media and that he has the support of a match official in his race row with Everton.[LNB] The Senegal international ignited a war of words with the Toffees after stating that he was the victim of abuse during Rovers' trip to Goodison Park in September.[LNB]Diouf claimed he was pelted with bananas after police investigated accusations that he had made a racist comment towards a ball boy.[LNB]The 28-year-old has not been punished for the alleged incident and insists he has the backing of the match referee Lee Mason, but Everton are still demanding a public apology.[LNB]Diouf, though, insists he has no reason to say sorry, claiming in the Daily Mail: "The media have talked about something that never existed by saying that I am a racist.[LNB]"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.[LNB]Best player"Am I a racist? I am a desperado and a bad boy and whether in England, France or Senegal I sell papers.[LNB]"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."[LNB]Diouf has also hinted that he could seek a move away from Blackburn in the January transfer window.[LNB]"I am happy for the time being, but Father Christmas could always bring me something new," he said.[LNB]Meanwhile, Diouf has hit back at criticism from international team-mate Mamadou Niang, who branded him 'useless'.[LNB]"I have written the history of Senegalese football. I am the best player the country has ever had. When it comes to ability, I don't envy anyone," he concluded.[LNB]

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