Thursday 21 March 2019

Toure: Pep has 'problems with Africans'

CRITCISM: Yaya Toure. Pic: PA
CRITCISM: Yaya Toure. Pic: PA

Yaya Toure has accused Pep Guardiola, his former manager at Manchester City and Barcelona, of spoiling his farewell party from the Etihad and claimed the Catalan has "problems with Africans".

Ivorian midfielder Toure, 35, has left City after eight successful seasons, the last of which he spent reunited with a boss from his Nou Camp days as the Manchester club swept to Premier League glory.

Guardiola's handling of Toure's send-off has also disappointed the player, who compared his exit to those of Andres Iniesta and Gianluigi Buffon, who have departed Barca and Juventus to much fanfare.

In an interview with France Football, Toure said of Guardiola: "He was cruel with me. Do you believe that Barcelona could have done that with (Andres) Iniesta?

"I even started wondering to myself whether it was about my colour. I'm not the first person to talk about his different ways of treating people." He added: "When you see that he's had problems with Africans wherever he's been in the past, you wonder."

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