Pep Guardiola, Manchester City manager, has denied allegations that he is a racist, as made by his former player, Yaya Toure.
Speaking on Spanish television, the Spaniard insisted that Toure, who had two years to air his grievances to him, knows that he is not a racist.
“He knows I’m not,” insisted Guardiola when asked about Toure’s previous claims the Spaniard “has problems with Africans”.
“What do you want me to do,” added Guardiola in an interview with TV3.
“We were together for two years. (He had) 365 and 365 (days) to tell me (his feelings).
“It’s not important, it doesn’t matter.”
Ivorian international midfielder Toure had told France Football magazine earlier this week that he had questioned whether his skin “colour” had contributed to him being little used by Guardiola during City’s record-breaking run to the Premier League title last season.
Toure, who also played under Guardiola at Barcelona, had said, “He insists he has no problems with black players because he is too intelligent to be caught out.
“But when you realise that he has problems with Africans wherever he goes, I ask myself questions.”