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Yaya Touré Demands CSKA Ban After Racist Chanting Against Black Players: Daily Soccer Report

Manchester City’s captain last night, Yaya Toure, has demanded that UEFA reacts to the awful racist chanting that he and his teammates received from the supporters of CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League match.

Toure informed the referee regarding the racist chanting, but no action was taken. Toure has asked for something to be done regarding the issue. He has pleaded with UEFA to resolve the issue by banning the spectators or club.

Here’s what Toure said last night:

“”I’m not just disappointed, I’m furious. I’m very, very disappointed about what those fans have done today and I think Uefa have to take action because players with the same colour 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.

“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 the stadium, I don’t know, for a couple of years or a couple of months.

“The club may say they have to educate the fans but I think it’s enough; too much is too much. We have to stop it now. It’s stupid these people. I don’t know, it just happens in football. It’s unbelievable. Uefa have to take action to right it, otherwise they will just continue.”

Here’s the video interview with Toure after the match regarding the racist abuse he and fellow players received:

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  1. Milhouse

    October 25, 2013 at 8:51 am

    UEFA makes themselves look like more and more of a joke all the time in regard to racism. How can they think that passing a pennant at the beginning of a match or making the captains wear an armband that says “No to racism” will have any effect at all? On the very same day when faced with actual racist abuse they do next to nothing about it.

    “I’m sorry Mr. Toure but we did pass a Say No to Racism pennant before the match so i’m not sure what you’re so angry about”.

    If they were serious about eliminating racism from the stands they’d start with a one point deduction and move on from there for repeated offenses.

    And I hate to break it to the CSKA fans, but your best player on the field that night was black. You owe him an apology as well.

    • Marc L

      October 26, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Yeah this too. The vapid, empty crap with these banners and whatnot is meaningless when UEFA is too stupid/gutless/corrupt to back up these gestures with anything concrete.

  2. Marc L

    October 24, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Yeah like UEFA or FIFA would ever come down hard on the people that routinely bribe them during the selection process for major events.

    But absent the dynamic of large cash-filled briefcases of cash being delivered to the likes of tw@tini and Blatter, in a perfect world they should put a points deduction on anywhere that this happens.

    Even the racist, fascist thugs that do this sort of thing will self-police when that starts to happen.

  3. Frill Artist

    October 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    They’re white europeans so UEFA will give them a slap on the wrist.

    • Why?

      October 25, 2013 at 7:09 am

      Since when has Russia been a part of Europe??

      • Marc L

        October 25, 2013 at 7:18 am

        Since about 880 AD or so. Technically Europe extends to the Ural mountains and the Bosporous.

      • Frill Artist

        October 26, 2013 at 1:36 am

        UEFA – Union of EUROPEAN Football Associations is open to only football clubs in Europe. Therefore, Russia has to be part of Europe for its clubs to qualify.

  4. Len F

    October 24, 2013 at 11:16 am

    The Telegraph link is a good article on the CSKA Moscow incident. I wasn’t aware of the depth of historical incidents nor the recent protocols that have been put in place. I think it’s a lot of pressure to put on the referee to call a match because of an unruly crowd as it may lead to violence.

    That being said, it’s getting harder and harder to stomach the idea of the Olympics and the World Cup in Russia even though the clientele will be quite different for those events.

  5. Gary

    October 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Yaya Toure is absolutely right in asking Uefa to be tough. The problem is they won’t.

    Racist chants have become endemic in football and happens even outside the Caucasus. It happens a lot in Serie A and to a certain extent in La Liga.

    It’s the clubs that need to take tougher action and if they don’t then UEFA should ban the clubs from participating in European competitions for a couple of seasons at least.

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