PFA chief attempts to calm El-Hadji Diouf row with Neil Warnock
Friday 14 January 2011
Players' chief Gordon Taylor has urged El-Hadji Diouf and Neil Warnock to show "a measure of control and responsibility" in a bid to end the row between the pair.
QPR manager Warnock likened Blackburn forward Diouf to a "sewer rat" after accusing the player of taunting his injured forward Jamie Mackie during the sides' FA Cup third-round meeting last weekend.
The Senegalese striker hit back yesterday, insisting he had nothing to apologise for and that Warnock's opinion meant nothing to him.
Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, tried to bring an end to the war of words as he told Sky Sports News: "(Sewer rat) was a very unfortunate turn of phrase and that's the only problem. Unless there is some measure of control and responsibility, one attack then invites a response and then of course the whole thing can blow up."
Asked if he had any sympathy for Diouf, Taylor added: "Sometimes it takes all sorts. I've talked about the football family and our membership, as you know throughout the ages there have been different players who court trouble, there are different players who are great role models but ultimately everybody is responsible for their own actions.
"We have just got to try and make sure that everybody appreciates they are lucky to be in the game. That means a respect for the game, for your fellow professionals and those you are playing against."
Warnock was furious with Diouf after last Saturday's game at Ewood Park, saying: "For many years I have thought he was the gutter type - I was going to call him a sewer rat but that might be insulting to sewer rats."
Diouf told Sky Sports in response last night: "I am very sorry for the lad to have broken his leg, the QPR player (Mackie).
"But what Warnock said - I never said that.
"I am not disappointed with what Warnock said - who is Warnock? He is nothing to me.
"He is not Alex Ferguson, he is not Arsene Wenger, he is not Sam Allardyce or an important manager."
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