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CSKA Moscow Guilty Of Racist Chants Against Manchester City’s Yaya Youre… What Next FIFA?

by | 31st, October 2013

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UEFA has imposed a partial stadium closure over at CSKA Moscow after fans were found to have indulged in racist chants when playing Manchester City at the Arena Khimki.

When CSKA play their next home game against Bayern Munich, some of the stadium will be closed. Not surprising that the club was found guilty, given that even a state-owned news agency (and they have to tow the line with authorities) admitted that racist chanting was a common problem at Russian league games.

CSKA denied claims, saying they were ‘surprised and disappointed’ by Yaya Toure’s allegations and went as far as suggesting that he could’ve made the whole thing up. Deputy media manager for CSKA said: “Nothing special happened. Nobody else, other than Toure, heard anything.”

A club statement went further, saying: “Having carefully studied the video of the game, we found no racist insults from fans of CSKA. In many occasions, especially during attacks on our goal, fans booed and whistled to put pressure on rival players, but regardless of their race. Why the Ivorian midfielder took it as all being directed at him is not clear.”

The club even got their Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia to defend the club, saying: “I didn’t hear anything like that from the CSKA fans.”

President of the Russian FA chipped in too. Vyacheslav Koloskov thinks there’s no need for an investigation saying that these allegations were ‘provocations’ aimed at discrediting Russian football: “Previous provocations from the British and now this story are along the same track I have no doubt about it. It started when Lord Triesman dreamt of some conspiracy between Spain and Russia.”

“So it continues on the same track we react and because of this it gives them a reason to carry on with the same topic. If it were me, I’d stop publishing these articles from England and then it would stop. There would be no interest in this rubbish talk any

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