Black players could boycott Russia World Cup, says Man City’s Toure

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has suggested that black players could decline to play in the 2018 World Cup, to be held in Russia, over concerns regarding racist abuse, Sky Sports has reported.

Toure was racially abused during City’s win over CSKA Moscow at Arena Khimki on Tuesday, with monkey chants coming from the crowd when he was in possession of the ball. CSKA denies there was any racist chanting from their supporters but UEFA are investigating the matter and disciplinary proceedings have been opened.

And Toure, who captained City in Moscow in the absence of Vincent Kompany, has said black players should consider not appearing at the World Cup in five years’ time unless something changes. “If we are not confident coming to the World Cup in Russia, we don’t come,” Toure said.

I don’t know why it happens in football. I don’t know why you don’t get something like this in rugby or handball or any other sport,” he continued. “If UEFA don’t take action it will continue. A couple of months ago my friend played with Milan and he had the same problem.

I hope they do something – ban the club or the stadium for two years. The club may say they have to educate the fans but it’s not enough. Too much is too much. We have to stop it now.

CSKA argued that their fans were simply booing the opposition regardless of the colour of their skin, claiming that Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko were subject to the same treatment. “Why the Ivorian midfielder took it as being directed at him is not clear,” the club’s statement added.

UEFA have banned three clubs from using their stadium this season because of the racist behaviour of their fans – Dinamo Zagreb, Legia Warsaw and Honved – and five other clubs have been subject to partial stadium bans.

Ivory Coast, meanwhile, are well placed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, to be held in Brazil. They lead Senegal 3-1 from the first-leg of their qualification play-off, with the return fixture to be played in Senegal on November 16. Ivory Coast are the highest-ranked African nation in the play-offs.

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