Controversial former Liverpool team-mate Ryan Babel defends Steven Gerrard in racism row

The Dutchman has made it clear that he feels El-Hadji Diouf is wrong in his recent comments.

Steven Gerrard found himself dragged into an ugly racism storm yesterday by a disgruntled former team-mate in El-Hadji Diouf. It came after Steven Gerrard revealed in his book that the Senegales forward is not exactly on his Christmas card list.

Diouf was then quoted as telling radio in Senegal that Gerrard didn’t like black people – a claim vehemently denied by Gerrard and his representatives.

He has now received backing from a former Liverpool team-mate, who courts some fairly massive criticism of his own.

Ryan Babel was with Gerrard at Liverpool for four years and is currently plying his trade in the United Arab Emirates with Al-Ain.

He has recently been in the news for unsavoury reasons of his own and his track record on social media is sketchy to say the least.

However he has leapt to the defence of his former captain, countering the claims of Diouf. Babel stated:

Of course not many a Liverpool fan needed this view from Babel, they were fairly certain that the claims from Diouf were likely to be unsubstantiated.

However it is reassuring to hear from a player who is frankly not afraid to speak the truth, even when it is damaging, that the claims are tosh.

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