Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure warns that black players and fans could exclude themselves from the 2018 World Cup finals unless Russia address racist activity among supporters, reports The Daily Express.
The 30-year-old was the subject of vulgar monkey chants during City's 2-1 Champions League victory over CSKA Moscow in Eastern Europe on Wednesday evening, resulting in UEFA fining the Russian club.
Toure claims black players are prepared to sit out the 2018 World Cup finals to avoid similar scenarios in Russia.
“Of course it is important that they need to sort it out before the World Cup. Otherwise we will not be confident of coming. We won’t come. People will not come," said the Ivorian.
“It’s a problem here, it happens all the time.”
The Manchester club issued a formal complaint to the governing body of European football only to be challenged by CSKA, who questioned the legitimacy of the Premier League side and Toure in particular.
Despite blatant visual and audio evidence to the contrary, the Moscow outfit statement reads as follows:
“Having carefully studied the video of the game, we found no racist insults from fans of CSKA. In many occasions 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 Russian Premier League side will attend a disciplinary hearing next week and could be forced to close their stadium at the discretion of UEFA.
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