Soccer Star Subjected to Racist Chants
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure called on UEFA to take action against CSKA Moscow after he was subjected to racist chanting during his team’s 2-1 win in the Champions League.
The Ivory Coast player said he had told match referee Ovidiu Hategan about the chants during the game in the Russian capital.
“It is quite disappointing,” Toure said. “It is unbelievable and really, really sad to hear songs like that.”
The midfielder called for tougher action by UEFA to tackle racism, which has been a longstanding problem in the game despite regular campaigns by European football’s ruling body.
“I think UEFA need to do something strong. It would be nice if we could stop that… Every time we say something it continues, something has to be done to stop it,” Toure said.
Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti quoted Toure as suggesting a stadium ban for CSKA in European competition “for a couple of years or maybe a couple of months” — long enough that “the club will decide: ‘OK, we have to educate the fans.”
He also raised the prospect of teams boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russia if the issue of racism wasn’t dealt with.