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Davids: Cruyff no racist

22 November 2011 15:05

Ajax board member Edgar Davids has played down his remarks that construed fellow director Johan Cruyff as a racist.

Cruyff caused controversy by suggesting that Davids only has his position because of his ethnicity, but the 38-year-old told his personal website that he doesn't feel the Barcelona legend is racist.

"Let me emphasise that I never said Johan Cruyff was a racist, despite this unfortunate remark," the former Juventus midfielder said.

"I also want to make clear my deep respect for Cruyff, despite the problems we had."

Cruyff has also spoken out about the row, underlining the importance of Amsterdam's immigrant community to the club.

"Ajax is a multi-cultural club and we have found that many talented players quit when they reach puberty," Cruyff wrote in De Telegraaf.

"We wanted to tackle this problem with someone from the same background who had come through it. And that was Edgar Davids."

"During one of our fights, I pointed that out to him, but it had nothing to do with his skin colour."

Davids was born in Suriname, but moved to the Netherlands at a young age, going on to make 130 Eredivisie appearances across two spells at the Amsterdam ArenA.

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