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Manchester City Discover That Russian Football Racism Is Just Not Racist Enough For Uefa

by | 24th, October 2013

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IT turns out that if you want to experience actual racism in football you need not look for it in the dust of Spurs’ Yids and Roy Hodgson’s monkey, but in Russia. At last night’s Champions’ League match against CSKA (now pronounced Siska, in the manner of the That’s Life dog saying ‘sausages’), Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was verbally attacked. The Ivory Coast international a pretty fluent Russian speaker says:

“I’m not just disappointed, I’m furious….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.”

It turns out that pillocks pay little heed to what Toure commands by way of his official armband. It might even turn out that armbands and T-shirts serve no purpose other than to make the FA and English clubs look on message. As Anorak’s Ed Barrett writes in Private Eye magazine:

“The FA may  be rubbish at football. but they deserve credit for their excellent education packs on sexism, racism and homophobia”

Toure has an idea what Uefa should do:

“Maybe they could ban the stadium, I don’t know, for a couple of years or a couple of months. We have to be as strong as possible otherwise they will continue like that. Too much is too much. We have to stop it now.”

Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce told BBC Radio 5 live:

“It’s got to be eradicated and the only way to do that is to take serious action against the people who do it. Don’t allow them to watch football matches and then perhaps they’ll stop when they realise they won’t get into a ground.”

This seems to equate racist abuse with football violence, issuing banning orders for bigots.

But was how bad was the racism? Says Toure:

“Some songs from the crowd were quite stupid, but I think Uefa has to do work for that because every time we say something, they continue.”

The Express says they were “monkey taunts”.   BXSxxokIYAA05RZ

Maybe monkey chants aren’t racist enough for Uefa? Maybe the bigots need to up their game. Maybe they can burn a cross, make black fans sit at the back or do something else that Uefa will

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