14:42 25 October 2013
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has made claims that he was subjected to racist chanting during his team’s 2-1 win in Moscow on Wednesday. On Thursday, Manchester City confirmed that they submitted formal written complaints to Eufa, which officially opened a disciplinary case against CSKA Moscow.
CSKA responded that they were surprised and disappointed by Toure’s claims.
CSKA spokesman Michael Sanadnze told BBC Radio 5 live: "We have nothing to hide, of course, and we have confirmation from the match delegate and the venue director that they themselves didn't hear anything special."
The club also released a statement saying: "Having carefully studied the video of the game, we found no racist insults from fans of CSKA."
Under Uefa’s new guidelines, which took effect in 2009, the referees have the authority to tackle racist chanting.
They are allowed to stop a match and ask for warnings to be made over the public address system. They are also allowed to suspend the match for a short time. However, if the abuse doesn’t stop, the match can be abandoned. The referee did not use this power. The case continues.
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