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Diouf claim not investigated

23 Sep 2009 11:34:56

Diouf claim not investigated

Everton have confirmed there will be no police investigation into claims that bananas were thrown at El-Hadji Diouf on Sunday. The Blackburn forward claims fruit was thrown at him during his team's clash with the Toffees at Goodison Park, but officers scoured the area and found no evidence to confirm the allegation. Diouf is being investigated by Merseyside police for alleged racial abuse of a 14-year-old ball boy during the game, but he denies doing so. "People threw bananas at me, and the referee told me that he would report this to the police," he told Monte Carlo Radio. "I have had other problems, with spitting or fights on the pitch - but not with racism. I can understand why they don't like me at Everton, but to say that I uttered racist words towards a child is nonsense." An Everton club spokesman said: "Our only concern is a child protection matter involving a 14-year-old boy. "We have spoken to the police and have been told that is the only investigation they are concerned with and that they are not investigating the behaviour of any Everton supporter."


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