Former Manchester City skipper Kolo Toure claims he is being left out of the side for 'non-footballing' reasons.
Since returning from his sixth-month ban for a failed drugs test, Toure has found it difficult to re-establish himself in Roberto Mancini's starting line-up.
He has been limited to just four first-team outings and is now widely considered fourth choice behind Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Montenegrin Stefan Savic, who he is not convinced by.
"I know my qualities and I have got nothing to prove here in England," he is quoted by French publication So Foot.
"They know me here. When you look at the performance of Savic against QPR, excuse me but I am relaxed."
Toure feels he is being punished ahead of his likely involvement in the African Cup of Nations for Ivory Coast early next year.
"To compete in the Africa Cup of Nations is catastrophic for a player these days. Coaches no longer want to sign players because of it. I feel it's going to be more difficult for the Africans in football in the future," he said.
"I'm convinced that, if I'm not playing for City, then it's not only for football reasons. If it was only about that then I would be playing every week. I'm a victim of that and it has to be said.
"When I was in Angola for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010 the club hired a plane so that I could get back quickly to play in a game against Manchester United.
"I could not get back in time and we lost. I believe the club have not got past that and I'm paying for it now.
"Clubs at this level always have big squads. It goes one way and then the other. I was captain here and so was Carlos Tevez. He is no longer here and who would have thought that would have happened? African players are the victim of discrimination."