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Cruyff accused of Davids racism

Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff has been caught up in a race-row at Ajax after allegedly telling fellow board member Edgar Davids that he was only in his role because of his colour.

Cruyff, who told the club they were 'mad' after former manager Louis van Gaal was appointed as a director last week without his approval, has been accused of making derogatory comments towards former Tottenham and AC Milan star Davids in a fiery boardroom exchange.

Ajax's supervisory board member Steven ten Have revealed that Cruyff was racist towards Davids, with Cruyff alleged to have said: ''You are only on the supervisory board because you're black.''

Ten Have continued: "That such a statement was made. Edgar has been insulted and has received shocking treatment. Sometimes people cross the line within the supervisory board. There have even been racist comments. I don't want to go into details, but it's not easy to hold this position."

Cruyff himself denied the allegations, saying: ''My foundation now has some 120 football pitches laid out for children, a lot of them immigrants. We live in a multicultural society. They discredit themselves with this. I have a broad back... It is really too much to respond."

Amsterdam giants Ajax are yet to comment on the allegations.