Furious Man City skipper Toure demands action over racism
Ivorian targeted by CSKA Moscow fans as evidence of problem emerges elsewhere in Europe
"FURIOUS" Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has demanded that Uefa take action against CSKA Moscow after he was targeted by fans and subjected to monkey chants during a Champions League match in the Russian capital last night.
The Ivorian reported the incident to the referee during the second half of the match, which City won 2-1, and afterwards suggested that CSKA should be forced to play behind closed doors for a "couple of years".
Toure was "visibly upset" after the match, reports The Guardian, "and made it clear that Uefa needs to adopt a strong stance".
He expressed his anger on Twitter after the match, as did injured team-mate Vincent Kompany. But Toure went into greater detail when talking to journalists.
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) October 23, 2013
"I'm not just disappointed, I'm furious," said the City skipper. "For me, as captain, I was wearing an armband which said 'No to racism' and I was totally disappointed.
"I want to see Uefa do something and take some action. We have to be as strong as possible, otherwise they will continue like that. Maybe they could ban [fans from] the stadium, I don't know, for a couple of years or a couple of months."
The said his treatment by the fans was "unbelievable" and described them as "stupid".
Thank you for your support! Hate or racism cannot affect me when so many people are showing me love and support on a daily basis!
— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) October 23, 2013
However, the Guardian notes that the incident came on the same day that Uefa "relaxed a punishment handed down to Lazio for racist chanting during a Europa League game against Legia Warsaw in September". Rather than playing their next game behind closed doors the Italian side will only have to close one part of the ground.
And there was more evidence that the anti-racism campaign has some way to go, when a team in Italy bizarrely showed support for one of their players by 'blacking up'.
Lower-division team Rioveggio, from near Bologna, intended the gesture to be a show of support for Togolese player Teibou Koura, who was sent off after reacting to racist abuse from an opponent. However, the Daily Telegraph described it as "misguided" and said that although "Rioveggio's intentions were honourable, the manner of their protest was a calamitous own goal".
Italian amateur club Rioveggio show solidarity against racism in the worst possible way, by painting their faces. pic.twitter.com/BOz3Bxfjvx
— Terrace Life (@TerraceLife_) October 23, 2013