Gerard Houllier refutes racist claims made by striker Nicolas Anelka

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A two-time Premier League manager with a prestigious career, former Liverpool and France coach Gerard Houllier has threatened to sue his former striker Nicolas Anelka following racial allegations.

The ex-Arsenal and Chelsea forward took to YouTube to express beliefs that the French manager was racist, following remarks made in the latter's recent autobiography.

Titled 'Je ne marcharai jamis seul' - which translates to 'I Will Never Walk Alone' - Houllier said: "For the first time in my life I saw black men turn red faced."


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In retaliation to said 'racist' remarks, subject to debate, Anelka reacted furiously, insisting this wasn't the first time the 68-year-old had used racist language.

He said: “This is not the first time you talk about blacks. What happened when you were at Liverpool and all the players, English or foreign, wanted to re-sign. You re-signed them by improving their contracts.

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"What happened when blacks, people with black skin like me, came into your office, what did you say? You haven't written that in your book!"

Such serious accusations, from a former player of all people, couldn't go ignored - and so Houllier responded in quick fashion.

According to the Mirror, Houllier has refuted the racial claims, insisting they are 'false'.

“I never, never said that. This is false, super false, I am going to formally challenge this, it is a serious slander," the Kop legend said.

"I defy anyone to say that I'm a racist with the number of black players with whom I have had the chance to work. You ask them. I am going to see if I am going to sue.”

This is not the first time Anelka has been caught up in a racial storm, of course, given his infamous 'quenelle' whilst representing West Brom in 2013.

It remains to be seen whether such claims boast any substance, with there a sense of bitterness about Anelka, given that his departure from Liverpool in 2002 was a result of Houllier refusing to offer him an extension to his contract.

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