Boro issue Boateng statement
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Boro state that Boateng has never accused Barmby of racism, contrary to quotes that were attributed to him earlier this week.
In reaction to the supposed quotes from the Dutchman, Leeds called a press conference to defend their own and Barmby's situation - but that now appears to be an over-reaction by the West Yorkshire club.
"Following weekend press reports, Monday's Leeds United press conference and intense media speculation, George Boateng wishes to clarify a number of matters which have been inaccurately reported and debated in the media," the statement read.
"First of all, while there was clearly an altercation between George and Nick Barmby at the end of Saturday's game and words were exchanged in the heat of the moment, George wishes to make clear that he has never accused Nick of making racist remarks as he knows this to be untrue.
"Secondly, George wants to make clear that he wanted to put their altercation behind them after the game and made attempts to see Nick to do so.
"Leeds United felt the matter was closed and that no meeting was necessary."
Middlesbrough have, though, claimed that 'very derogatory' comments were made to him, which triggered his angry reaction.
"However, George was upset that some very derogatory comments were made to him at the end of the game," the statement continued.
"His reaction was a result of those remarks that were made to him.
"The Football Association has announced that they intend to hold a formal inquiry into the whole incident.
"The football club and all concerned will, of course, be co-operating fully in the investigation.
"However, pending the investigation, it would be inappropriate for George or Middlesbrough FC to make any further comment at this time."