Dutch football great Johan Cruyff has rejected claims he directed a racist comment at fellow Ajax board member Edgar Davids amid an acrimonious boardroom struggle at the club he led to European success in the 1970s.
Cruyff is currently embroiled in a dispute with the four other members of the Ajax supervisory board over their appointment last week of Louis van Gaal as club director.
Over the weekend, Cruyff was accused of making a racist comment to Davids, who is of Surinamese descent.
In his column in Tuesday's edition of Dutch daily De Telegraaf, Cruyff denied making a racist comment. Davids also wrote on his blog that he had not intended to portray Cruyff as racist.