CSKA Moscow have insisted their supporters did not racially abuse Manchester City’s Yaya Toure on Wednesday, claiming: “Nothing special happened.”
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The Premier League club will make an official complaint to UEFA about Toure’s treatment from Russian fans during City’s 2-1 win in the Champions League on Wednesday, but CSKA claimed Toure was alone in hearing anything and believe there is no case for them to answer.
Deputy media manager Michael Sanadze told Sky Sports News: “There is no subject to discuss. Nothing special happened. There was a lot of noise in the stadium. Nobody else, other than Yaya Toure, heard anything. The only trouble that has come about was because Yaya Toure heard something.”
Toure told Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan about the chants during the game and UEFA has said it is waiting for the official’s report before deciding how to proceed.
UEFA introduced new regulations in May allowing it to close some or all of the stadium of clubs whose fans have been found guilty of racist behaviour after deciding fines were not an adequate deterrent.
Toure said on Wednesday: “I told the referee, ‘I am furious’. It was disappointing and always we are talking about that -- having no racism. It was unbelievable and very, very sad for my part.
“I think if UEFA did something it will be very nice because we want to stop that. Some songs from the crowd were quite stupid, but I think UEFA has to do work for that because every time we say something and they continue, and something has to be done to stop that.
“I'm very, very disappointed about what those fans have done and I think UEFA has 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.”