Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been accused of lying about accusations of racist abuse from CSKA Moscow supporters by the club’s managing director, the
It is alleged by Roman Babaev that Toure was encouraged by the British press to come forward with his complaint because of bitterness that Russia won the right to host the 2018 World Cup – a tournament which England were also vying to host. Babaev said: “The mood of vengeance among the English for having lost out to Russia influenced the case.
“After the match the British journalists encouraged Yaya Toure and other Manchester City players to expand on the theme,” he added. “The English just can’t accept they lost to our country in a fair fight. We don’t believe racist behaviour by our fans has been proven.”
UEFA ordered part of CSKA’s stadium to be closed for their next Champions League fixture, against Bayern Munich later in November, as punishment for the racist abuse from the stands and insisted in a statement that taking action against racism remained one of the organisation’s highest priorities.
City beat CSKA 2-1 on the night with Toure captaining the side in the absence of injured skipper Vincent Kompany. The home team took the lead before Sergio Aguero responded with a brace to give Manuel Pellegrini’s side the points.
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