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FA 'looks at El-Hadji Diouf abuse fallout'

Neil Warnock looks at injured QPR striker Jamie Mackie
QPR manager Neil Warnock looks on as injured striker Jamie Mackie is taken off

By John Sinnott

The Football Association is reviewing reports Blackburn's El-Hadji Diouf abused Jamie Mackie after the QPR striker suffered a broken leg.

Rangers boss Neil Warnock claimed Diouf abused Mackie as he lay on the pitch during the Championship leaders' 1-0 FA Cup third-round defeat at Ewood Park.

BBC Sport understands the FA is looking into comments made against Diouf by QPR players, including Mackie, on Twitter.

Liverpool's Ryan Babel was handed a "Twitter" misconduct charge on Monday.

Babel was charged with improper conduct after criticising referee Howard Webb on the social networking site following Liverpool's 1-0 FA Cup third-round defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford.

But given the FA has now charged Babel for this incident, England's football governing body will be under pressure to crack down on Diouf as well as Mackie, QPR defender Bradley Orr and goalkeeper Paddy Kenny for comments posted on Twitter.

"Never come across a more repulsive human being than E-H Diouf!" Orr said. "The things he was saying were disgusting! The lad has just broken his leg! You horrible disgusting man E-H Diouf! Your time will come!"

Kenny added: "So gutted for the boy Mackie, football can be horrible sometimes, and that ---- Diouf will get it one day, what goes around comes around."

In response to a comment from Derby midfielder and BBC Radio pundit Robbie Savage, Mackie tweeted: "Proper disappointed that e diouf was in my ear while I'm on the deck with a broken leg."

And former QPR player Marc Bircham, who is now a youth coach at Loftus Road, referred to Diouf as "scumbag".

Mackie suffered a double fracture in a tackle with Gael Givet which left both players carried off on stretchers.

"The lads were furious with Diouf; he was calling Mackie all sorts," Warnock stated.

"I can't abide people like that, I don't know why he wants to take on the world. He's a nasty little person."

After David Hoilett's clinical late goal put Warnock's weakened Championship pace-setters out of the FA Cup, Warnock added: "He [Diouf] is the lowest of the low.

"There was no need to put the finger up and call him a disgrace and even the Blackburn people were embarrassed.

Sorry Howard Webb

Liverpool forward Ryan Babel

"I can't see him being at Blackburn much longer because I can't see Steve Kean putting up with someone like that in the dressing room when he is trying to form a new image for Blackburn.

"I think he will be the first to go and good riddance - I hope he goes abroad because I won't miss watching him."

Diouf's career in England has not been without controversy, with the Senegalese twice banned and fined for spitting at opposition fans or players.

Warnock added that he had not intended to play the 25-year-old Mackie, admitting he had left playmaker Adel Taarabt out of the squad entirely because he felt he "might break a leg".

"He's broken both bones, his tibia and his fibula, and he's gone to hospital but will travel home with us," Warnock continued.

"It was not a malicious tackle but it is his standing foot and you can see in the slow motion his leg bends.

"It is disappointing for everyone and the result pales into insignificance. I'm pulling my hair out because I didn't want to play him but he pleaded with me to play - that's how he is, he wants to play in everything.

"We will miss him. It is a massive blow because I can't see him playing again this season."

Blackburn manager Steve Kean, speaking before Warnock's outburst, said Givet had been lucky he had not been more seriously injured in the challenge.

"He has a badly swollen knee so we don't know the extent of that but the doctor is hopeful that will be okay for the Chelsea game [next weekend]," Kean commented.

The FA charged Dutch international Babel after he forwarded a mocked-up picture of Webb in a United shirt and said: "And they call him one of the best referees. That's a joke."

Babel later removed the posts before apologising to Webb.

"My apology if they take my posted picture seriously. This is just a emotional reaction after losing an important game," the Netherlands international said.

"Sorry Howard Webb."

Before Babel was charged by the FA Liverpool caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish said he hoped no action would be taken against the Dutch forward.

"Maybe I've been out of the game too long but let's see if they can find a sense of humour," Dalglish commented. "He apologised straight away."

And Dalglish joked: "I don't think he's clever enough technically to have drawn that up himself."



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see also
Blackburn 1-0 QPR
08 Jan 11 |  FA Cup
FA Cup as it happened
08 Jan 11 |  Football
FA Cup football photos
08 Jan 11 |  Football
Babel accepts FA Twitter charge
13 Jan 11 |  Liverpool
Focus Forum with Jamie Mackie
26 Oct 10 |  Football
More trouble for El Hadji Diouf
09 Dec 05 |  African
Diouf charged over spitting row
09 May 03 |  Scotland
Allardyce to seek help for Diouf
29 Nov 04 |  Bolton


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