Former three lions star Kieron Dyer says his former teammate Emre Belozoglu racially abused Joseph Yobo during a Premier League game between Newcastle and Everton in 2006.
According to the 41 year old, Emre allegedly called Yoboto ‘a f***ing n*****’. The former Super eagles captain however, did not hear the terrible words but goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Joleon Lescott who heard clearly accused the Turkey midfielder of racial abuse,
Emre was charged afterward with using racially aggravated language towards Yobo but was cleared in March 2007 and Dyer has explained how, in hindsight, he was used as part of Emre’s defence in a panel of inquiry.
“There was a time at Newcastle, we played Everton away and we had Emre and there was a massive skirmish with him and Yobo and Joleon Lescott was going f****** ballistic,” Dyer averred in a recent interview.
“He (Emre) had said something racist about Yobo and they were trying to get to him in the tunnel. I’ve never seen Joleon so mad. They reported it to the referee and there was a big, massive FA hearing.
“But knowing what I know and just seeing the reaction, if that had happened the way I am today, seeing Joleon’s reaction and the club asked me to be a witness, I’d say no” the former Man City player remarked.
Emre has a dirty antecedent of racially abusing black players, with then Bolton forward El-Hadji Diouf a victim in October 2006.
In March 2007, Emre again faced an allegation of racism from Watford defender Alhassan Bangura and later in his career, was handed a two-and-a-half-month suspended jail term for a racist remark he made against Didier Zokora during a match for Fenerbahce against Trabzonspor in April 2012.
Most recently, the 39-year-old also allegedly made a racist remark towards Mikel Obi during a Turkish Super Lig game involving Trabzonspor and Fenerbache.