MOSCOW: Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure demanded tough action from UEFA after he was the subject of racist chanting by CSKA fans in Moscow in their Champions League Group D tie.
City won 2-1 before the Ivory Coast international complained to the media, having already registered his complaint with match referee Ovidiu Hategan.
Under UEFA’s new system the Romanan referee should have ordered a warning over the public address system and then, if that had no effect, halted the match. He did neither.
Toure said: “I am furious. I am disappointed at what happened. I was disappointed about what the fans did. UEFA have to give out a big sanction otherwise players will be put in the situation again. They need to be as strong as possible.
“Maybe ban this stadium for a couple of years or a couple of months. The clubs say they have educated the fans but it happens all the time.
“I think it’s not just in Eastern Europe either. It’s stupid people in football. I don’t know why it doesn’t happen in other sports, just in football. UEFA has to take action otherwise it will continue happening.”
Russia will host the 2018 World Cup finals after insisting during the bidding process that racist chanting was only a minimal issue in the domestic game.
However Toure suggested that racism in Russian football was bad enough to justify a boycott of the 2018 World Cup.
He said: “If we aren’t confident at the World Cup, coming to Russia, we don’t come.
Toure said he had also experienced racism when playing in the Ukrainian league and that he had friends who had been targeted while playing in Italy.
Racist chanting is commonplace at top-flight Russian league games, but prosecutions are rare and clubs whose fans shout racist insults are usually punished with small fines.
In notable incidents, centre-back Christopher Samba and Brazlian icon Roberto Carlos were both the target for racist chanting and the throwing of bananas during their time with Anzhi Makhachkala, while Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike regularly complained of racist abuse from supporters befor eleaving Spartak Moscow in the summer.
When Nigerian Peter Odemwingie left Lokomotiv Moscow for West Bromwich Albion four years ago the Russian club’s fans produced banners thanking the English club.
Successive coaches of Zenit St Petersburg – the top club in the city whichwas the platform for the political rise of both President Vladimir Putin and Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko – have said they dared not suggest signing a black player for fear of the fans’ reaction.
UEFA tightened up its anti-discrimination regulations at Congress in London last May and has since administered total and partial of closures of grounds where racist abuse has been reported.
So far this season UEFA full closures have been enforced, for racist chanting, on Dinamo Zagreb, Legia Warsaw and Honved while partial closures have been ordered for Lech Poznan, Piast Gliwice, Lazio, APOEL and Rijeka.
As for the match City’s Sergio Aguero maintained his rich vein of form with a quickfire double after former Manchester United player Zoran Tosic opened the scoring.
The patched-up surface, described as “unbelievable” by City boss Manuel Pellegrini was sandy, bobbly and bare in patches.
City although it slowed City’s style, they soon asserted themselves against the out-of-form Russian champions, who had lost five of their previous seven games.
CSKA grabbed the lead, against the run of play, after 32 minutes. Keeper Igor Akinfeev’s long ball was headed on for Tosic to race through and score.
The goal again highlighted City’s defensive vulnerabilities in the absence of captain Vincent Kompany, with midfielder Javi Garcia in the back line, but it jolted them into action.
Their response was immediate as they attacked down the left and Silva delivered a fine ball into the area.
Aguero edged ahead of his marker to claim and, although the ball got trapped slightly under his foot, he took a touch to dig it out and then slid it home.
It was not long before City had a second, Aguero on target again to head a Negredo cross past Akinfeev from close range after confusion in the home defence from a throw-in.
It was the Argentinian’s eighth goal in his last six games.
UEFA’s new anti-discrimination rules
*Article 14 – Racism, other discriminatory conduct and propaganda
1. Any person under the scope of Article 3 who insults the human dignity of a person or group of persons by w1hatever means, including on the grounds of skin colour, race, religion or ethnic origin, incurs a suspension lasting at least ten matches or a specified period of time, or any other appropriate sanction.
2. If one or more of a member association or club’s supporters engage in the behaviour described in paragraph 1, the member association or club responsible is punished with a minimum of a partial stadium closure.
3. The following disciplinary measures apply in the event of recidivism:
a) a second offence is punished with one match played behind closed doors and a fine of € 50,000;
b) any subsequent offence is punished with more than one match behind closed doors, a stadium closure, the forfeiting of a match, the deduction of points or disqualification from the competition.
4. If the circumstances of the case require it, the competent disciplinary body may impose additional disciplinary measures on the member association or club responsible, such as the playing of one or more matches behind closed doors, a stadium closure, the forfeiting of a match, the deduction of points or disqualification from the competition.
5. If the match is suspended by the referee because of racist and/or discriminatory conduct, the match may be declared forfeit.
6. The above disciplinary measures may be combined with specific directives aimed at tackling such conduct.
7. All forms of ideological, political and religious propaganda are forbidden. If this provision is breached, paragraphs 1 to 6 above apply by analogy.