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Vincent Kompany furious at absence of Manchester City fans

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The usually calm Vincent Kompany has let loose on UEFA after their decision to ban all fans from Manchester City's visit to CSKA Moscow.

The ruling was made after CSKA fans were involved in a number of incidents, including racial chanting and crowd violence but a small amount of Russian fans still managed to make their way into the ground with passes that had intended to be for sponsors.

In contrast, no City fans made it into the ground, and Kompany was furious they'd been made to pay the price for CSKA's behaviour, BBC Sport quote the Belgian as saying: "Why the hell do we not have any fans here? What have our fans done wrong?"

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Despite officially being a behind closed doors fixture, around 650 people were present at the game, with press, sponsors and match day mascots and family allowed to attend.

Punishment

Though the small contingent of CSKA fans in the stadium unlikely had any affect on the game, Kompany was outraged and what he deemed to be completely unfair.

The City skipper said: "You say no fans, all of a sudden you turn up and the team who has no fans is Man City. So who's getting punished? Who's being done for racism, Man City or Moscow?

"It needs to be looked at, it needs to be changed. Our fans shouldn't be punished.

"I don't have a problem, they'll say it's sponsors and so on and they need to give certain allocations, but why are we getting punished?”

"You say no fans, all of a sudden you turn up and the team who has no fans is Man City. So who's getting punished? Who's being done for racism, Man City or Moscow?" - Vincent Kompany.

Excuses

Kompany was speaking after his side gave away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with the Russians in what some considered a must win game, though he refused to blame the result on the issue.

"Again, because you'll have people in your papers writing columns saying 'He should be looking at his own performance and stuff' – so, done – we've analysed it and we know we should have done better, but things like this are unacceptable to honest. There's just no fairness in it.

"Obviously you can't deny there's a bit of frustration, and I'm not looking for an excuse, but if you want to play it fair then, fair enough, you've got to let your sponsors have some tickets but why the hell do we not have any fans here?

"What have our fans done wrong? So it needs to be looked at, it needs to be changed, because our fans shouldn't be punished,” he said during his post-match television interview.

CSKA response

Predictably, CSKA have moved quickly to deny any involvement in the presence of their fans, with the club's media director Sergey Aksenov saying: "Those people you are talking about are 360 people from the Uefa Champions Club - partners, sponsors.

"If they are CSKA fans they are good for us. Everyone is invited by Uefa, not CSKA."

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