Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been accused of overreacting by CSKA Moscow manager Leonid Slutsky after he was the target of racist abuse from the Russian club’s supporters during the Champions League meeting between the two sides, the
CSKA denied that any racist abuse had taken place during City’s 2-1 win over the Moscow club but UEFA investigated and found CSKA guilty and ordered the partial closure of their stadium for the next Champions League fixture, against Bayern Munich.
Slutsky held a press conference ahead of the rematch between CSKA and City on Tuesday evening and while the newspaper notes CSKA attempted to ignore questions regarding the incident, Slutsky eventually offered comment. “It is normal we are against racism in our team,” he said. “We have black players and we give them support. We did not hear any racist chants [so] it is difficult to comment.
“The club is categorically against racism but we think the situation has been very exaggerated and there was an overreaction. We have received our punishment – it was up to UEFA to impose it.”
The CSKA captain, Sergei Ignashevich was also part of the press conference and initially apologised to the CSKA fans for being banned from the stadium for the Bayern fixture, and then added: “ We are sorry that such unpleasant incident took place.”
City are currently second in Group D, behind Bayern by three points, but three ahead of CSKA. Viktoria Plzen are bottom of the four, yet to register a point as they meet the defending Champions League holders at the same time City meet CSKA in Manchester.
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