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Dutch icon denies racism claims

Davids (left) and Cruyff

LEGENDARY FOOTBALLER Johan Cruyff has strenuously denied claims that he racially abused Edgar Davids. Both are members of Ajax’s supervisory board but Cruyff is alleged to have told the former Juventus midfielder that he only got his position because of his skin colour.

On the television show Studio Voetbal, Davids stated there had been racist comments made, but he made no reference to the three times Ballon d’OR winner.

However, in a subsequent interview with the same show, fellow board member Steven ten Have pointed the finger at Cruyff, revealing that he said to Davids: “You are only on the board because you're black."

Cruyff hit back at the claims in his newspaper column and he suggested that his comments had been twisted. What he actually meant, he wrote, was that:

“We have found that many talented immigrant players quit Ajax when they reach puberty. We wanted to tackle this problem with someone from the same background, who had come through it. And that was Edgar Davids. During one of our fights I pointed that out to him. It had nothing to do with his skin colour."

Davids has since played down the incident, describing it as ‘unfortunate’.

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