Manchester City have revealed why an under-21 game was called off after just 44 minutes.
Manchester City have issued a club statement explaining why an Elite Development Squad fixture in Croatia was abandoned after just one half of football.
Young midfielder Seko Fofana had been red carded moments before the match was abandoned.
44. City down to ten men, Seko Fofana shown a straight red card for an off the ball incident.— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) July 22, 2014
POSTPONED: The match has been called off.— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) July 22, 2014
Two hours later, City issued the following statement on their website:
"Manchester City's EDS U21 game with HNK Rijeka has today been cancelled due to an alleged incident of racial abuse toward the Club's young midfielder, Seko Fofana by a member of the opposing team.
"Following an alleged incident in the latter stages of the first half of the game, being played in Novigrad, Croatia, a decision was taken by the management staff to withdraw the City team from the field of play and cancel the game.
"Club representatives in Croatia and in Manchester are liaising with officials, the match organisers and the Croatian Football Association to pursue this matter further."