Barca defends Lionel Messi
BARCELONA, Spain -- Barcelona staunchly defended Lionel Messi over a claim he racially abused a black Real Madrid player several seasons ago, calling it "well wide of the mark."
Dutch midfielder Royston Drenthe, on loan to Everton, was quoted in a Dutch magazine as saying he was taunted by the three-time FIFA player of the year during several of their Spanish league encounters.
"The player has always shown a maximum respect and sportsmanship towards his rivals, something which has ...
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