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Steven Gerrard seeks legal advice following El Hadji Diouf ‘Racism’ claims

Former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has sought legal advice after comments made by ex-team-mate El Hadji Diouf according to Goal.com.

Gerrard, who left Anfield for the LA Galaxy over the summer, launched a stinging attack on Senegal international Diouf and as such would have expected a response from the former Liverpool man.

In his autobiography Gerrard commented on Diouf;

“It seemed to me that Diouf had no real interest in football and that he cared nothing about Liverpool. For example, the way he spat a huge globule of gunky phlegm at a Celtic fan in a Uefa Cup match at Parkhead in March 2003 summed up his contemptuous and spiteful demeanour.

“A few people have since asked me if I saw any comparison between Diouf and Mario Balotelli – and I’ve always said no. I’ve got respect for Balotelli; I’ve got none for Diouf.

“After a while I decided Diouf simply wasn’t your usual footballer. It seemed to me as if football got in the way of his social life.”

Diouf responded by claiming;

“It’s common knowledge. Gerrard has never liked black people. When I was at Liverpool, I showed him I was black, that I wasn’t English, but that I’m no pushover. All the time I was there, he never dared looked me in the eye.”

The 34-year-old currently plies his trade for Malaysian side Sabah and endured a miserable time of it on Merseyside, scoring just three Premier League goals in two seasons following his £10m move to Liverpool in 2002.

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Lawyers representing Gerrard have pointed out that comments made by Diouf could lead to legal recourse, stating;

“The allegations in those alleged statements are completely false and seriously defamatory of our client.”

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