Liverpool striker Philippe Coutinho is facing criticism over his comments in an interview with The Sun newspaper that some players were labelled “racists” and “thugs” after being fined by the Premier League for stamping on a rival.
“When I see it I’m like, ‘what’s the point?’. “
“I’ve been labelled a lot in my career, so it’s nice to see that it’s not true.””
He added: “You can’t say that because you’ve been in a team and won a league title, you can’t be racist.””
I’ve been labelled a lot in my career, so it’s nice to see that it’s not true.”
He added: “You can’t say that because you’ve been in a team and won a league title, you can’t be racist.”
Liverpool are currently fifth in the Premier Leagues, six points clear of Arsenal, but the Reds are in the relegation zone having played their first game of the season against West Bromwich Albion.
Liverpool won their opening two matches of the new campaign 2-0 at West Brom, before winning 2-1 at home to West Ham on Saturday.
Coutinho, who has scored 21 goals in 29 league games this season, was criticised by his former club for using racist language.
He said: ‘I think it is not racist, I think it’s just a little word or two.
“It’s not racism to say, ‘We want the black player’.”‘
No excuses’In an interview published on Sunday, Coutinho said: ”The only reason I said that was because of the way they reacted to it, it was a shame.
”I don´t have a problem with any player but I think the way it was worded was disrespectful.”
I don�t know what I said, it wasn’t racist.
I don�m a racist and I can understand it, but if I’m going to be racist, then I will be.”‘
It’s a shame’Liverpool are in a relegation zone after their first two games of the campaign, with the Reds five points clear at the top of the Premier leagues.
Coventry City winger James Chester, who scored the only goal in the 3-2 win over Wigan Athletic on Saturday, was also fined by Liverpool after the game.
Chester said: “(Coutock) said to me after the match that he had apologised, but he did not say that he was sorry.”
Coutts comments have led to speculation about his future at Anfield, but his former boss Brendan Rodgers said: It’s a little shame that we have players that are racist.
“The one thing is he will be going into the club and I hope he is happy there.””
The one thing is he will be going into the club and I hope he is happy there.”