Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has denied he made racist comments towards a rival player during a match in the English Premier League.
Rojo, who was part of United’s 4-0 win over Leicester City in the Capital One Cup semi-final, said he was merely trying to make a point in a match he felt was “not fair”.
“I am not racist, I’m not a racist,” Rojo said after the game.
“If a player makes a comment like that, it is not my place to comment on that.”
The 25-year-old said he would continue to stand up for his club, but he added: “There is a place for race and there is a time and a place to speak up for that, but the time has come now.”
It is a tough time in Manchester, and we have to move forward.
“Rojo was part the United side that lost 5-1 to Leicester in the League Cup final last season, having been named as the captain in the team’s 1-0 defeat by Arsenal in the same match.
The Argentina international had earlier said he did not intend to “offend” the players, but it was his first comment in the public arena in more than a month.”
I do not think it was racist,” he said.”
But if a player would make such a comment, it would not be the right time for me to comment.