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Ryan Babel defends Steven Gerrard over racism claims

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Steven Gerrard's new book 'My Story' has caused quite a stir in the world of football. The former Liverpool captain has faced some backlash following certain comments he made in his autobiography.

Real Madrid manager, Rafael Benitez, said Gerrard was just trying to sell books after the midfielder claimed the Spaniard never liked him as a person.

However, the most shocking claim came from El-Hadji Diouf, after the Senegalese forward accused Gerrard and Liverpool of being racist.

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Diouf, who scored a miserly six goals in 79 games for the Anfield club, said the LA Galaxy midfielder never liked black people. He also accused the club of only giving black players a chance if they were English.

But a former team-mate has jumped to the defence of Gerrard, saying he never got the feeling the ex-England captain was racist. 

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Ryan Babel, who plays for Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates, took to Twitter to answer a question about Diouf's claims. He tweeted: "@smtm_LFC I did not got that feeling from Steve G so I think he got it wrong."

The Dutch forward spent four years with Gerrard on Merseyside, making 146 appearances for the Reds.

The 28-year-old's comments are likely to be well received by the English midfielder, who will be looking to distance himself from any claims he is a racist. 

Having already stated he has no respect for Diouf, it is highly unlikely Gerrard's feelings towards the 34-year-old will change after this latest series of events.

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Steven Gerrard
El-Hadji Diouf
Liverpool
Ryan Babel
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