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Yaya Toure ‘furious’ at CSKA Moscow racist fans

FURIOUS: Yaya Toure during the match against CSKA Moscow (PA)

IVORY COAST international Yaya Toure is demanding Uefa take action against CSKA Moscow after their fans racially abused black players during a European clash last night in Russia leaving him “furious”.

Manchester City beat the Russian team 2-1 in the Champions League, but the important away win was marred by ugly scenes as sections of home supporters were heard chanting monkey noises when City’s black players touched the ball.

The Manchester club will make a formal complaint to Uefa following the game that saw striker Sergio Aguero wrap up the points with two goals.

Toure, who was stand in captain for the injured Vincent Kompany last night, said: “I'm not just disappointed, I'm furious.

“I'm very, very disappointed about what those fans have done. I think Uefa has to take action because players with the same colour of skin will always be in the same position.”

The 30-year-old added: “For me, as captain, I was wearing an armband which said 'no to racism' and I was totally disappointed.

“I told the referee. It was unbelievable and very sad.”

On what measures could be taken to punish racism and those guilty of abusive chants, Toure said: “Maybe they could ban the stadium, I don't know, for a couple of years or a couple of months.

“We have to be as strong as possible otherwise they will continue like that. Too much is too much. We have to stop it now.

“It's not only in Eastern Europe and I have some friends who have had problems, too.

“It's stupid. It just happens in football. As an African player, it is always sad when you hear something like that.”

His manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “I think it's a pity that anyone would do such stupid things.

"I hope that they have heard the right measures to stop all those things, so it's a pity for Yaya, it's a pity for the city.”

Fifa announced in May that racist incidents involving fans will result in sections of stadiums being shut down and complete temporary closure if the offence is repeated, with a 50,000 euro (£42,000) fine enforced.

Regular City captain Kompany, who could not play because of injury, said in a tweet: “Racist chants again in Moscow today. We've all said enough. Uefa, the Russian government and CSKA, all eyes are on you now. #StopRacism.”

This latest incident of racist chanting will be a major embarrassment to the Russian football authorities, which are to host the 2018 World Cup.

Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce applied further pressure on Russia to act in light of its hosting responsibilities in over four years time – he said: “The Russian federation has got to assure - along with the Russian government - that these incidents are put to bed because it's happening too often.”

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