Pep Guardiola brands Yaya Touré a liar after anti-African claims from midfielder

Pep Guardiola has spoken out for the first time after Yaya Touré’s explosive interview with France Football in which he tried to destroy Pep’s reputation.

The most controversial portion of the interview saw Touré, 35, suggest Guardiola has issues with African and black footballers.

“It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my colour. I’m not the first, other Barça players asked the question too,” Yaya said in the lengthy interview.

“Maybe us Africans aren’t always treated the same by certain people. When you see the problems he (Pep) has often had with African players, everywhere he has been, I ask myself questions.

“He’s too intelligent to be caught. He’ll never admit it (not liking Africans). But the day he picks a team with five Africans in, I promise I will send him a cake!”

Guardiola initially refused to say anything when quizzed about the interview by Spanish reporters, but in an interview with TV3 has made his first comments on the allegations.

“It’s a lie and he knows it,” Guardiola told TV3.

“We were together for two years and now this is when he says it.

“He never told me face to face.”

Guardiola’s denial has been backed up by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Jerome Boateng and Joshua Kimmich, who have said Pep is not racist and that they have never seen a single example of that sort of behaviour from the Catalan coach.

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