Actions of supporters widely condemned, decisive action must be taken by UEFA
"I'm very, very disappointed about what those fans have done. I think Uefa has to take action because players with the same colour of skin will always be in the same position."
Last night’s Champions League fixture between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City FC was marred by racism from supporters of CSKA.
Manchester City’s midfielder and captain for the night, Yaya Toure was subjected to monkey chants from a section of supporters.
The Ivory Coast international reported the racism to the referee on the night and under UEFA rules the match official will include this in his match report. UEFA have introduced sanctions this season which will see clubs have a section of their stadium closed for ‘first offences’ of racism from supporters and the whole stadium closed and a fine issued for a further offence.
Speaking after the match Yaya said “I’m not just disappointed, I’m furious.”
"I'm very, very disappointed about what those fans have done. I think Uefa has to take action because players with the same colour of skin will always be in the same position.
"For me, as captain, I was wearing an armband which said 'no to racism' and I was totally disappointed.
"I told the referee. It was unbelievable and very sad."
He later tweeted “I believe in football institutions, I know decision makers will take their responsibilities and show A RED CARD TO RACISM”
Former Manchester City player Steve Howey, now works with Show Racism the Red Card in schools in the North East, the campaign asked him what he thought of the incident.
Steve said “How this can happen in this day and age is beyond me, particularly after all the campaigning that has been done in football.
“I know this isn’t the first time there has been racism in Russian football, but it should be the last, the authorities need to make sure that fans know this is unacceptable.”
Racism in football in Russia has been experienced by many black players. Recent high profile incidents include a Lokomotiv Moscow fan throwing a banana at Christopher Samba in 2012. Fans of the same club also celebrated the sale of Peter Odemwingie to West Brom in 2009 with racist signs.
Roberto Carlos also experienced racism while playing for Anzhi Makhachkala on at least two separate occasions.
Dr Rafal Pankowski of Football Against Racism in Europe Monitoring Centre said “Nazi slogans are common in many Russian Stadiums. Matches are often interrupted with racist chants aimed at black players.”
In Russian society racism is common as well, a study by Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy in 2009 found over half of Africans in Moscow had experienced a physical attack.
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive, Show Racism the Red Card said “SRtRC hope that UEFA take strong and decisive action to stop racism. We welcome the statements by Manchester City, Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany. Yaya absolutely did the right thing by reporting what he experienced.
“I hope that the Russian Football Federation can also start to take strong action to get rid of racism. Education is very necessary to change behaviour and clubs can support and encourage this, but it must go hand in hand with action on specific incidents."