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Moscow Soccer Crowds Accused Of Racist Chanting During Game

An unfortunate racist incident during a professional soccer match in Moscow has put Russian sports crowds in the spotlight. Manchester city midfielder Yaya Toure claims he was racially abused by fans during last night’s Champion Leagues match, which was backed up by referee Ovidiu Hategan in an official complaint, but CSKA Moscow is denying the claims.

Manchester won the game 2-1, but it was marred by Toure being subjected to monkey chants. “I’m not just disappointed, I’m furious,” Touré said. “I’m very, very disappointed about what those fans have done today and I think Uefa have 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.”

Under Uefa guidelines the referee, Ovidiu Hategan, should have stopped the match and asked for a message to be relayed on the public address that demanding the racist behavior stop. However, a manager but CSKA Moscow denied the racist chanting took place and brushed the accusations off as “nothing special,” claiming that Toure was the only one to hear the chants. Other CSKA soccer players said their crowds were passionate, but would never act in a racist manner towards an opposing team.

This isn’t the first time racist chanting has taken place at a pro soccer match, though. Lazio was ordered to close part of their stadium this season after racist chanting during a Europa League game against Legia Warsaw in September. But with Russia set to host the winter Olympics next year and the World Cup in 2018, Russian teams will now be facing pressure to try and control their fans.

(Photo: Reuters)

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