There’s a bit of a former Premier League racism storm in Turkey, where ex-Tottenham midfielder Didier Zokora has accused Newcastle old boy Emre of calling him a “dirty n**ger”.
The incident happened as the pair squared up during Trabzonspor’s clash with Fenerbahce over the weekend.
Zokora, of Trabzonspor, said: “Emre and I came face to face during the match. I’ll tell you what he said word for word. He called me: ‘A dirty n**ger’.
“This is the first time in my life something like this has happened to me. Emre has Africans like [Joseph] Yobo and [Moussa] Sow at team-mates – I can’t understand why he’d say such a thing.
“We’re trying to get on with our jobs. What does the colour of our skin matter? Fans, Fifa, the press are all against racist statements. I hope something like this doesn’t go unpunished.”
Emre does have form in this regard. Back in 2007, he was charged with using racially-aggravated abusive and/or insulting words over on-pitch comments directed at Everton’s Tim Howard, Joleon Lescott and Joseph Yobo.
On that occasion he denied using racist language, but he appears to be holding his hands up to this one.
Emre said: “In the heat of the moment in matches, you say bad things to one another. I used a stupid word, but he was also insulting me.
“We apologised to one another five minutes later, and hugged after the match. I’d like to apologise to everyone I know. For my part, I’d like to apologise for everything I said.”
You’d like to think that the Turkish FA won’t consider sorry to be good enough.
Thanks to Ulas for the tip.