Turkish club Antalyaspor have dropped Samuel Eto’o from their squad until further notice in a row over the striker’s comments on social media.
Former Cameroon captain Eto’o, 35, wrote on his Instagram account: “Perhaps some people do not feel respect for me because I am black.”
Eto’o did not specify to whom he was targeting his criticism.
Earlier in the season, Antalyaspor chairman Ali Safak Ozturk criticised Eto’o for his performances.
He said at the time: “No player is above the interests of Antalyaspor. Everyone must know their place.”
Reports in Turkey suggested Eto’o comments are a response to Ozturk but the forward posted another message on his Instagram account insisting that was not the case.
Eto’o moved to Antalyaspor in June 2015 as the keystone of the club’s bid in the southern Mediterranean resort city to find national and even European success.
But his stint has turned sour in the past weeks amid intense rumours in the close season Eto’o would join Istanbul arch rivals Besiktas.
Tensions have been compounded by a poor start to the new season for Antalyaspor, who have taken only one point from four matches