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El Hadji Diouf has rejected Neil Warnock’s claim that he taunted Jamie Mackie following the tackle from Gaël Givet that broke the Queens Park Rangers striker’s leg during Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie at Ewood Park, won 1-0 by Diouf’s Blackburn Rovers. But Warnock dismissed the comments, stating that he would “let people judge for themselves”.

Immediately after the match, which Rovers won 1-0, Warnock described Diouf as a sewer rat, adding that this “might be insulting to sewer rats”. Mackie, who suffered a double fracture, also claimed that Diouf had stood over him and shouted: “Fuck you and fuck your leg.”

But Diouf responded today, saying: “I am very sorry for the lad to have broken his leg, the QPR player. But what Warnock said – I never said that. After the game I argued with some players, that’s it. When the lad broke his leg, I never said anything back to him. I never talked to him, you can ask Benjani or Ryan Nelsen. Everything Warnock said is not right.

“I am not disappointed with what Warnock said – who is Warnock? He is nothing to me. He is not [Sir] Alex Ferguson, he is not Arsène Wenger, he is not Sam Allardyce or an important manager. Neil Warnock does not like me and I do not like Neil Warnock.”

In response, Warnock said he and his QPR players have moved on and that others should come to their own assessment of the incident.

Warnock said: “I’ve nothing at all to say about that – let people judge for themselves. I’ve moved on, we’ve moved on, I spoke to the lads today so we’ve already moved on.”

Told that Diouf had said he was sorry Mackie broke his leg, Warnock added: “I think he’s been told to do that by the club.”

Steve Kean, the Blackburn manager, had earlier revealed that Rovers would be investigating the matter. “At the time when he was on the ground nobody knew he had a broken leg. Hopefully whatever comes out will be the full story,” he said.

Diouf added that be believes he is often judged on his past reputation. “Of course, but I am a strong man and I can survive with that,” he said.

Previous controversies involving Diouf include spitting at Celtic fans in March 2003 when playing for Liverpool in a Uefa Cup quarter-final, for which he received a two-game ban and a £5,000 fine from the game’s European governing body, plus the docking of a fortnight’s wages from his club.

The following year he spat at Wigan Athletic’s Arjan de Zeeuw, when on loan at Bolton Wanderers. He received a three-match ban and was again fined a fortnight’s salary.

Source: Guardian

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