El Hadji Diouf

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Where is El Hadji Diouf now?

Never far from controversy during his Premier League career, El Hadji Diouf retired from playing in 2015 after a short spell in the Malaysian second division with Sabah FA.

The Senegalese two-time former African player of the year winner will unfortunately be largely remembered by fans for his wrong-doings rather than his football ability.

His misdemeanours during his Premier League career include twice spitting at opposing fans, aggressive behaviour towards referees, diving and getting deliberately sent off so that he would be suspended from domestic competition and therefore able to represent Senegal.

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Since retiring from playing Diouf has returned to Senegal and is currently working as a government goodwill ambassador and the President’s advisor on sport.

Diouf also owns a gymnasium in Senegal’s capital Dakar.

He has also launched his own daily sports newspaper called Sport 11 and is looking to expand into radio and television stations at a later date.

In an interview in June 2017, Diouf criticised former team mates and Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

He claimed that Gerrard ‘was afraid of looking in my eyes’ and said that although he respected him on the pitch, he disliked him off the pitch.

He was also disparaging of Carragher’s footballing ability saying that he felt sorry for him.

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El Hadji Diouf: Premier League Statistics

NationalityMSenegal
PositionMidfielder
Appearances243
Goals Scored28
Yellow Cards55
Red Cards3
Premier League Teams Played forBolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, Sunderland

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com