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CSKA Moscow punished by UEFA after racist chants

Yaya Toure was the victim of racist chants (©GettyImages)
Yaya Toure was the victim of racist chants (©GettyImages).

Russian side CSKA Moscow are to play their next Champions League home game to Bayern Munich on November 27th in a partially closed stadium.

This is due to Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure being the victim of racist chants during City's 3-1 away win earlier this month.

Alleged racist chants and monkey noises were aimed at the Ivory Coast international at the Arena Khimiki.

Despite the Russian side denying the accusations, Toure took the incident to UEFA. And following an investigation, members of the CSKA fans were found guilty as charged.

A statement from UEFA said: "The European governing body has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and discrimination on the pitch and in the stands."

Piara Power, executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe (Fare), told BBC Sport: "In general terms, we welcome the action taken by UEFA. We would have wanted a full stadium ban, but in the end we understand that the evidence for the offence was difficult to find to do that..

"Given the fact that Yaya Toure was clearly very upset and did everything one could ask of him, a full stadium ban would have sent out a stronger message, but in the end we have to abide by the legal process."

Toure also went onto say how black players could boycott playing in the World Cup in 2018.

In May 2013, UEFA made it their priority to up punishments when racism was heard or seen at football matches. First a partial stadium would close on incident number one, then a full closure on strike number two.

CSKA Moscow face Bayern Munich in their next Champions League games. The German side have a number of black players including defender Dante and midfielder David Alaba.

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