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Reina in race row

LIVERPOOL last night indicated that Pepe Reina's appearance in a Spanish television advert -- pulled because it is racially offensive -- was a matter for him to deal with.

The timing of the advert's removal is unfortunate for the club, which has been working hard to repair the damage done by Luis Suarez's unwillingness to show contrition for the offence he caused by racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

The club was criticised for their conduct on that issue by anti-racism campaigners. But Liverpool feel the advert has nothing to do with them.

The ad -- filmed for multi-national insurance group Groupama -- was pulled from Spanish television after a complaint from Operation Black Vote, a British-based campaign group, over its portrayal of racial and sexual stereotypes.