Yaya Toure has called on UEFA to take action after the Ivorian was reportedly subjected to racist abuse from sections of the home support in Moscow.
Although City claimed a hugely creditable 2-1 win over CSKA after coming from behind, the result is likely to be overshadowed by the fall-out to these unsavoury chants in the coming days.
During the game, the 30-year old could be seen approaching referee Ovidiu Hategan to make him aware of the monkey chants that could be heard when the midfielder was on the ball.
“I told the referee - it was quite disappointing, always we’re talking about no racism but this was unbelievable,” Toure said.
“It’s very, very sad - UEFA has to do something and it would be very nice if they did - we want to stop this and we have to do something."
“UEFA has to be strong – maybe they need to ban the stadium for a couple of games or for a couple of years.
“Some of the stuff from the crowd today was stupid - I think UEFA has to do something.
“I’m an African player and it’s always so sad when you hear something like that.”
Yaya took to Twitter immediately after the game and posted this message to thank fans for their support.
Thank you for your support! Hate or racism cannot affect me when so many people are showing me love and support on a daily basis!— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) October 23, 2013
I believe in football institutions, I know decision makers will take their responsibilties and show A RED CARD TO RACISM— yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) October 23, 2013
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