There was an ugly scene from this week’s Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City. The English side went to Russia and when City’s Yaya Toure was the subject of racist chants coming his way. The announcers even comment about it on air.
CSKA Moscow, knowing they could be punished for the actions of their fans by having sections, or the whole stadium, closed for a game, are denying anything happened.
“There is no subject to discuss. Nothing special happened,” Deputy media manager Michael Sanadze said, via ESPN FC. “There was a lot of noise in the stadium. Nobody else, other than Yaya Toure, heard anything. The only trouble that has come about was because Yaya Toure heard something.”
Toure disagrees and complained to the referee.
“I told the referee, ‘I am furious’. It was disappointing and always we are talking about that — having no racism. It was unbelievable and very, very sad for my part,” Toure said.
“I think if UEFA did something it will be very nice because we want to stop that. Some songs from the crowd were quite stupid, but I think UEFA has to do work for that because every time we say something and they continue, and something has to be done to stop that.
“I’m very, very disappointed about what those fans have done and I think UEFA has to take action because players with the same color of skin will always be in the same position. For me, as captain, I was wearing an armband which said ‘No to racism’ and I was totally disappointed.”