Toure claims former boss Guardiola has ‘problems with Africans’

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Yaya Toure has accused Pep Guardiola, his former manager at Manchester City and Barcelona, of spoiling his farewell party from the Etihad and claimed the Catalan has "problems with Africans".

Ivorian midfielder Toure (35) has left City after eight successful seasons, the last of which he spent reunited with a boss from his Nou Camp days as the Manchester club swept to Premier League glory.

But Toure barely featured under Guardiola, who allowed him to leave Barca back in 2010, and he was handed only one start across the whole league campaign as City earned 100 points and scored 106 goals.

Guardiola's handling of Toure's send-off has also disappointed the player, who compared his exit to those of Andres Iniesta and Gianluigi Buffon, who departed Barca and Juventus respectively, to much fanfare.

In an interview with France Football, Toure suggested that the City head coach might have treated him less favourably because he is African.

He said of Guardiola: "He was cruel with me. Do you believe that Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta?

"I even started wondering to myself whether it was about my colour. I'm not the first person to talk about his different ways of treating people. I know some other people at Barca who have also wondered about that.

"Maybe it's the case that we Africans aren't always treated by certain people in the same way that they treat others.

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