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Russian Coach Slams Ref's Bias Against 'Fat People,' Gets Hip-Hop Remix

A fiery interview by Russian football coach Leonid Slutsky — in which he accuses a Dutch ref of being biased against "fat and bald" people — has now received its own hip-hop remix that has lit up social media.

Slutsky tongue-lashed referee Serdar Gözübüyük after his team SBV Vitesse drew rivals PSV Eindhoven 3-3 on Sunday in Netherlands' top league. In a televised post-match interview, the Russian coach calls Gözübüyük the "worst ref" and accuses him of bias after Gözübüyük reportedly refused to shake his hand after the game.

The now viral video, made from Slutsky's Fox News interview mixed with a popular Russian hip-hop beat, shows Slutsky slamming the Dutch referee’s social skills, calling him “very arrogant, very selfish” and claiming that Gözübüyük “thinks he’s God.”

In response to Slutsky’s flowery language, 33-year-old Gözübüyük called his statement strange and denied having “hostility towards fat and bald people,” the RBC news website reported.

The cool, calm and collected Gözübüyük said the comments were “unacceptable in modern football,” but said he would “let the Federation decide” whether to take the diss any further.

The tiff is still unresolved; Slutsky vows to never back down, and says that his comments were “deserved.”

Deserved or not, there's no denying Slutsky's got rhythm. 

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