Manchester City took on CSKA Moscow in Russia this past week in a UEFA Champions League match up. In the game, Manchester City’s Yaya Toure went down near the edge of the penalty box, CSKA Moscow fans felt he went down rather easily and protested by making monkey noises and sounds to taunt him.
CSKA Moscow has come out and denied it, claiming no one else heard what Toure heard. The announcers commented about the chants during the game, so obviously others heard it.
“I am not deaf,” he said. “We are all humans. It is not a nice feeling to go and play a football match, to bring joy to the people and to be called a monkey or to hear monkey noises.
“I don’t look like a monkey. Other people must have seen it. Doumbia is a young brother. Someone I admire who I have known a long time — we come from the same country.
“I don’t want to say things that will put him in trouble but you can see a little bit the manipulation around all this. It is so pathetic and so sad to see things like that. I am ashamed to still have to talk about this subject.”
It is easy to understand his frustration with the handling of the event.