Premier League - Van Persie denies Chelsea rant

Sat, 04 Jun 10:22:00 2011

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has denied making derogatory comments about Chelsea and Barcelona players.

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Van Persie was quoted as saying on Friday that Chelsea players should "shut the f***up" instead of hassling referees and that Barcelona "are trying to screw fellow professionals" by trying to get opponents booked.

However, the Dutchman has released a statement to clarify that the reputed interview never took place.

"I'm on international duty at the moment but following several reports in the media I think it's important to clarify some recent comments attributed to me," read a statement from the striker.

"These reports falsely suggest that I recently made negative comments about Spanish and Chelsea players, I would like to make it perfectly clear that I haven't done an interview with Sport 1 or any other outlet in recent weeks and I've certainly not been rude as the comments suggest.

"I respect my colleagues of Spain and Chelsea and look forward to playing against them for many years to come. I sincerely hope that all football fans worldwide don't take these misleading reports seriously. I wish you all a great summer!"

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