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Nicolas Anelka accuses ex-Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier of racism

The French player walked out of Liverpool after just one season on loan.

Nicolas Anelka's previous clubs include Liverpool, Man City and West Brom.
Nicolas Anelka's previous clubs include Liverpool, Man City and West Brom.
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CONTROVERSIAL FORMER FRANCE international Nicolas Anelka accused his ex-boss at Liverpool Gerard Houllier of racism on Saturday.

Speaking in a video posted on YouTube, the much travelled Anelka, currently the player-manager of Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League, accused Houllier of racism over something in the latter’s book ‘I Will Never Walk Alone’, which came out on Thursday.

In it, Houllier accuses Anelka of being ungrateful and moans about the sultry striker’s brothers and agents, saying: “His two brothers did the round of clubs to try to sell Nicolas to whoever put the most money on the table.”

Houllier claims that when he asked the brothers for an explanation it was “the first and only time I saw blacks go red”.

That angered Anelka, who said of Houllier on YouTube: “Racist in character, but it’s not the first time.”

Houllier accused Anelka in his book of being ungrateful to the former France coach who tried to resurrect his faltering career after an unsuccessful return to his first club, Paris Saint-Germain, only to see the player walk out of Liverpool after just one season on loan to join Manchester City.

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