Pep Guardiola dismisses Yaya Toure's racism allegations as 'lies'

Pep Guardiola dismisses Yaya Toure's racism allegations as 'lies'

Pep Guardiola has dismissed Yaya Toure's claim he has a problem with African players as a lie and questioned why the midfielder made a decision to try and tarnish his reputation so soon after leaving Manchester City. "Do you really think Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta?"

The duo have worked together at City for the past two years, following a previous two year spell at Barcelona.

Guardiola says Toure "knows that I'm not racist" and did not raise the issue during their two years together at City.

Toure, who barely featured as Manchester City won the Premier League title under Guardiola last season, hit out at the Catalan in an interview with France Football earlier this week.

"It got to the point I asked myself if it was because of my colour. The quality of the human beings they are, how they connect with the rest of the staff, that is I would say the main secret, that counts a lot to me".

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"When you see the problems he [Pep] has often had with African players, everywhere he has been, I ask myself questions". He never told me face to face'.

Toure and Guardiola have clashed in the past, and his agent, Dimitri Seluk, went one step further, insisting that calling the Catalan a "dog" - which another representative, Mino Raiola, did previously - is too kind to the City boss. Maybe it's the case that we Africans aren't always treated by certain people in the same way that they treat others.

"He's too intelligent to be caught".

The midfielder had to wait until City's final home game of the season against Brighton for his first start of the season.