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Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley has stepped into the furore surrounding the alleged racist chanting directed at Manchester City’s Yaya Toure during Wednesday’s Champions League match against CSKA Moscow.
Toure confirmed after the match that he had complained to referee Ovidiu Hategan, and Lord Ouseley has since told the BBC the referee “failed to do his duty”.
The quotes come as CSKA confirmed they had watched a reply of the match and heard no evidence of racist chanting, saying that only boos and whistles occurred in an attempt to put pressure on City’s players.
And yet Toure has responded to those claims with anger in an interview with the BBC’s World Service.
“I am not deaf,” he said. “We are all humans. It is not a nice feeling to go and play a football match, to bring joy to the people and to be called a monkey or to hear monkey noises.
“A lot of things have been said about racism. If today an organisation and supporters stray from the straight path or slip up, the goal is to see them straight again.”
How UEFA ultimately deal with the issue will be seen in due course.
Manuel Pellegrini has indicated the 21-year-old will struggle to make it into the City squad in the near future, and as a result a January move seems the most likely outcome.
How he expects to dislodge the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez is a question to be asked only if the rumour becomes a reality.
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