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Monday, November 06, 2006

Tiatto denies racism claims

Australia's Danny Tiatto has denied racially abusing Senegalese midfielder Salif Diao while playing for Leicester against Stoke in the English Championship. Tiatto said he had made a comment to Diao when the pair clashed early in Tuesday night's game at the Walkers Stadium but what he said was not racist. "It's just one of those things, heat of the moment, something said on the pitch, nothing racist whatsoever," Tiatto said. "I'm not that kind of person. "The player had no problem with me and shook my hand after the game." Stoke captain Michael Duberry had accused Tiatto of making a racist slur. But the FA revealed match referee Graham Laws made no reference to the alleged incident in his match report - meaning no further action can be taken unless an official complaint is lodged by the club or players concerned.

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