Gerard Houllier has denied Nicolas Anelka’s claims that he is racist by listing a number of black players he has previously managed.
Anelka accused his former manager at Liverpool Houllier of harbouring a racist attitude, namely over an excerpt of the 68-year-old’s recently released autobiography, ‘I Will Never Walk Alone’.
The book recounts a time in which Anelka’s brothers, who act as his agents, tried to secure a move elsewhere for the France international during his time on loan at Anfield in 2001, to which Houllier says that when he confronted them it was the ‘first and only time I saw black men turn red-faced,’ according to Goal.
Anelka posted a YouTube response to the comments, saying that Houllier was “racist in character, but it’s not the first time.”
Houllier has since responded to claims of racism, telling French newspaper L’Equipe: “It is absolutely risible and ridiculous. It is false, completely false. It is a serious slander.
“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.
“[Eric] Abidal, [Alou] Diarra, [Michael] Essien and so many others – ask them.”
Houllier added that he was considering taking legal action.