Lionel Messi Accused Of Racism By Real Madrid Midfielder Royston Drenthe

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 09/05/2012 14:17 Updated: 09/05/2012 14:32

Real Madrid midfielder Royston Drenthe has accused World Player of the Year Lionel Messi of racially abusing him.

Drenthe, who was on loan with Everton this season, alleged an incident took place when he was playing for Hercules last season.

He told Dutch news website Nu.nl: "I played against him [Messi] many times and we always have problems with each other.

"You know what bothers me so? That tone with which he always says, 'negro, negro'. I understand that 'negro' in South America is very common, but we can not stand it.

"Mahamadou Diarra, my team-mate at Real, could explode if 'negro' was aimed at him. The Argentinean Gabriel Heinze and Gonzalo Higuain said it initially on the training ground, but they were stopped.

"When Hercules (the team Drenthe spent a year on loan with last season) played Barcelona, during the game I had a small altercation with him. He gave me a hand in the match and again said a few times, 'hola negro'."

Dutchman Drenthe flopped at Madrid after a promising Under-21 European Championship in 2007, where he was named best player at the tournament.

Loaned out to Hercules in 2010, he endured a miserable time with La Liga's newcomers. He returned home one night to find “B*****d,” “son of a bitch”, “Hércules is not a circus”, “Clown”, “mercenary” and most chillingly “Found you”, along with “KKK” daubed on the walls of his house.

Drenthe had gone on strike because he wasn’t getting paid and at the end of the season, with relegation long-since confirmed, coach Miroslav Djukic said: “I’d like to thank all my players, except one.”

President Valentín Botella declared the team had gone down because of him.

The 25-year-old scored four goals in 27 games with Everton, with his last appearance coming a month ago against Sunderland.

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