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As Manchester City prepare for this evening’s match against CSKA Moscow, some of the Russian club’s fans continue to deny that any racist chanting took place towards Yaya Toure in the previous match between the two sides.
The Manchester Evening News took to the streets to speak to a selection of CSKA fans, and they appeared to back the club’s stance that nothing untoward occurred.
One English-based fan of the Russian club is quoted as saying, “There was no racism. Toure was wrong.”
While another, who had travelled from Moscow for the match, said, “There is no racism. We are not racists, we are here for the football.”
In a statement sure to frustrate and anger in equal measure, the fan added, “I think Toure heard what he wanted to hear. It did not happen.”
The punishment from UEFA, along with Toure and his teammates’ unyielding stance, suggests otherwise.
Pablo Zabaleta has been speaking about the impact the previous match had on Toure and the City team.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Blues defender said, “Every time that we see something like that – racist chanting and things like that – we get very frustrated.
“What happened with Yaya last time – he was a little bit down after the game but we tried to give him our support.”
But given the situation, I am surely not the only person to envisage the Ivorian popping up with the winner later today…
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