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Eto'o: racists would 'kill a black referee'

Samuel Eto'o, the Barcelona striker, believes the problem of racism in Spanish football has escalated to the extent that the authorities could never appoint a black referee as fans "would kill him".

Ronaldinho stars as benefit match raises £5.5m for tsunami relief

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