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Yaya Toure Underappreciated Due to Racism In Sport, Claims Agent

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Yaya Toure’s controversial agent Dmitri Seluk has struck again. Just months after claiming Toure wanted a move away from Barclays Premier League Champion Manchester City because the club snubbed him on his birthday, Seluk has once again created a firestorm.

This time the subject is the World Player of the Year award known as the Ballon d’Or and the FWA and PFA awards that are given to the top player in England’s domestic game.

Seluk said:

“If he was white, 100 percent he would have won one of those top awards. He is a bit upset about the situation. Messi is the top player in the history of football and I respect Ronaldo and Ribery a lot. Yaya respects all these players. But for an African in these awards it is hard. Fifa needs to change something.”

“I don’t want to talk too much about racism or the politics of football, but he does not get the praise he should get. Yaya has three times in a row won the African Player of the Year, but it is different with the other awards.”

Jose Mourinho, the Chelsea Manager has argued that the player of the year award in England should go to the top player on the title winning team. Manchester City has won two titles in the past three seasons, and most analysis concludes that without Yaya Toure’s contributions the club would not have achieved what it has in recent seasons. Toure is widely regarded as one of the top players in the Premier League. Regarding Mourinho’s comments Seluk said:

“I agree with Jose Mourinho when he said that the (English) Player of the Year should come from the team that wins the title. I have very much respect for Suarez and Gerrard, but what Yaya did from midfield, not often a player can do this.”

Toure finished the 2013-14 Premier League season with 20 goals, which was the most by a midfielder since Frank Lampard scored 22 goals during in the 2009-10 season. Like Lampard’s Chelsea team that year, Manchester City won the league title. Toure just completed captianing the Ivory Coast side in the World Cup. The Elephants were eliminated by a stoppage time winner from Greece in the final group stage match.

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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6 Responses to Yaya Toure Underappreciated Due to Racism In Sport, Claims Agent

  1. El Payaso says:

    If he was white and made racist remarks and bit people in their arms, he would have won it. He’s black and a decent human being so EPL and FIFA won’t consider him.

  2. R.O says:

    If any player should feel under appreciated at this world cup (not due to rascim) is Tim Howard. TH wasn’t even on the list of the top GK’s at this world cup.

    Talk about unappreciated and lack of respect.

  3. Remy says:

    He is all butt-hurt because Manchester City didn’t buy him a birthday cake, like he doesn’t make enough money to buy it himself. Grow up, man.

  4. jtm371 says:

    Yaya has jumped the shark from the B-day cake and now this tripe give it a rest.

  5. Pakapala says:

    Actually this is quite old. Yaya made the same statements before back in April, as can be heard discussed in this FC Africa podcast episode:

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