Manchester City’s Yaya Toure wants action from UEFA
Yaya Toure called on European football’s governing body to take strong action after suffering alleged racial abuse during Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League tie at CSKA Moscow.
The City midfielder appeared to be the target of monkey-chanting from a section of the home support during City’s 2-1 victory in Group D of the competition at Moscow’s Khimki Arena.
City have confirmed they intend to make a formal complaint to UEFA over the matter. The incident comes 18 months after Porto were fined £16,700 after their fans racially abused Mario Balotelli during a UEFA Europa League clash against City in February 2012.
Toure, who complained to the referee during the second half on Wednesday night, said: “I’m not just disappointed, I’m furious.
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“I’m very, very disappointed about what those fans have done today and I think UEFA has to take action because players with the same colour of skin will always be in the same position,” he added. “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.
“The club may say they have to educate the fans, but too much is too much. We have to stop it now.”
City manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “It is a pity that we still have those stupid things. I hope the right message can be put out for Yaya and for Manchester City.”
In terms of the positive action on the field, City took a huge stride towards a place in the last 16 by coming from behind to win with two goals from Sergio Aguero, after former Manchester United player Zoran Tosic had opened the scoring for the Russians.
Despite having to hang on towards the end, and needing a good Joe Hart save in injury time to preserve the win, City dominated the game and should now be favourites to progress from their group.
Just a day after Sir Alex Ferguson had laid bare his fitness concerns over Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United striker proved the inspiration behind a crucial 1-0 Champions League win over Real Sociedad.
Ferguson was present as Rooney, who celebrates his 28th birthday on Thursday, slalomed through the visitors’ defence in the second minute of a thrilling Group A game.
While what proved to be the winning goal was turned into his own net by Inigo Martinez, the credit was all Rooney’s as it was his shot that cannoned off a post and into the hapless defender.
Sat in the directors’ box, Ferguson would surely have approved, even more so near the end when UEFA said Rooney had run over ten kilometres – well above the team average, underlining exactly how much work he has been doing.
The Scot would have been less happy at the sight of his old team passing up so many chances to seal the win, though.
Even without the injured Robin van Persie, United should have been clear long before the end. Rooney had four more opportunities, and Shinji Kagawa two. Phil Jones’ header was turned away, Javier Hernandez had a goal disallowed for offside and Antonio Valencia struck a post.