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Jan 10, 2011

Injured Mackie slams 'repulsive' Diouf

QPR striker Jamie Mackie has branded El-Hadji Diouf "an absolute disgrace'' after claiming the Blackburn forward abused him while he lay on the pitch with a broken leg.

Mackie sustained a double fracture in a 50-50 clash with defender Gael Givet which saw both players carried off on stretchers in Rovers' 1-0 FA Cup third-round victory at Ewood Park on Saturday.

But as Mackie lay crumpled on the floor, Diouf launched a torrent of abuse at the injured frontman, leading QPR manager Neil Warnock to deliver an impassioned condemnation of the controversial Senegalese international's actions after the game.

Warnock described Diouf as "the gutter type'', adding: "I was going to call him a sewer rat but that might be insulting to sewer rats.''

And Mackie, who is facing up to nine months on the sidelines, has now revealed the full extent of Diouf's abuse.

"I'm lying on the floor with a bad injury and even his team-mates were embarrassed by what Diouf was saying," Mackie told The Sun.

"It's hard for me to even repeat what he said. He called me a disgrace - but that wasn't the worst of it. He said: 'F*** you and f*** your leg."

"Look at the tackle, there's nothing disgraceful about it. It's just an honest attempt at winning the ball. There are some great lads in football and there are some who aren't - and he's in the ones who aren't.

"Most of us would never wish bad things on people. But he's different. There's no room for that in the game - and in my opinion he's an absolute disgrace.

"I'm trying hard not to think about Diouf. That's because when I do it makes me want to snap my cast off and run up there and find him.

"It's disgusting what he did. People like him need to be highlighted. There's no place in football for the likes of Diouf. There's a line and he crossed it. Diouf was repulsive."

Mackie defended his tackle on Givet, which has drawn some comparisons to the infamous Paul Gascoigne challenge on Gary Charles in the 1991 FA Cup final, before praising the response of the Blackburn staff.

"It was never my intention to try and hurt the lad - I never do that. I went for the ball and came out worst. It's a devastating blow for me but there's no way I'm going to feel sorry for myself.

"The pain is ridiculous. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Other than Diouf, I have to say that all of the Blackburn staff were unbelievable. They could not have done more for me."

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