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Commentator Accused of Racist Utterances against Nigeria’s Ndidi

A French commentator Grégory Paisley has come on the receiving end of heavy derides following his controversial remarks appearing to suggest that Nigeria and Leicester City’s midfielder Wilfred Ndidi to take a Banana.

The comment fuelled anger on twitter as exasperated users launched scathing attacks on the retired former PSG defender.

Under pressure, the 41-year-old Bein Sport pundit swiftly reacted saying his comments have been taken out of context.

Photo: Paisely is being accused of making vile racist comments against Wilfred Ndidi

Photo: Paisely is being accused of making vile racist comments against Wilfred Ndidi

Pasiley said he meant Ndidi should take a Bannaia, a chocolate drink and not the fruit banana.

“I said Banania as I could have said Poulain, Benco or Nesquik,” he said in an attempt at clarifying.

“I think that when you’re short of strength, that’s what you take in the morning, so that’s why I said Banania. I specify that one of my best friends is Senegalese and so that at no time I could say anything bad about Africans,” he states.

It’s unclear what the Nigeria Football Federation makes of the saga as they were yet to issue a statement at press time.

Nigeria needed two goals from go-to-guy Ahmed Musa to beat a robust Icelandic outfit.

The victory puts the West African side second in the group on three points behind only log-toppers and unbeaten Croatia.

The Super Eagles’ next outing is a showdown with Argentina.

Friday’s triumph has revived hopes of possible qualification into the knockout stages for gaffer Rohr’s charges who had a sluggish opening fixture, losing to Croatia 2-0.

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