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More fan controversy in Moscow after City draw

Vincent Kompany says it is unacceptable that CSKA Moscow seemed to have fans in the ground. Credit: Pa

In a frustrating night for City in the Russian capital they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2.

Captain Vincent Kompany claims it is "unacceptable" Manchester City had no fans at their Champions League tie at CSKA Moscow while the home side apparently did.

CSKA appeared to have around 200-300 fans backing them at a game that was officially played behind closed doors at the Khimki Arena.

European governing body UEFA ordered the stadium to be closed as punishment for persistent offences by CSKA fans, who have been found guilty of racist behaviour three times in the past year.

Despite that, 650 people were still permitted to attend and the CSKA supporters who vocally backed their team were thought to have come from within an allocation of 300 tickets set aside for sponsors.

You say 'no fans' then all of a sudden you turn up and basically the only team that hasn't got fans is Man City. So who's getting punished? Who is being done for racism? Man City or Moscow?

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?

– Vincent Kompany, Manchester City Player

Fernandinho says empty stadium is not good for football

Fernandinho claims playing in an empty stadium in Moscow is of no benefit to Manchester City's Champions League quest.

No fans will be present as the Khimki Arena on Tuesday as City take on CSKA Moscow in a crucial Champions League Group E game.

CSKA have been ordered to play their next three European home matches behind closed doors as punishment for the racist behaviour of their fans.

The Russian side will therefore not have a partisan home crowd to motivate them but Fernandinho disagrees with suggestions that is to City's advantage.

I don't think it will be an advantage for us. It is always good when you play away because the fans support their team and it gives you more motivation to play well.

I don't think this is good for either team or for football.

– Fernandinho, Footballer

There are some anecdotal reports of City fans planning to watch from a neighbouring high-rise building, but the English champions will have to go it alone.

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Man City defender not fit for weekend clash with Tottenham

Eliaquim Mangala is set to miss Manchester City's home match against Tottenham with a thigh injury.

Eliaquim Mangala is set to miss Manchester City's home match against Tottenham with a thigh injury.

The defender was an unused substitute for France in midweek and should be fit for City's Champions League match in Moscow on Tuesday.

All the other City players are fit apart from Samir Nasri, who is still recovering from groin surgery.

Here is a list of Manchester City's provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Silva, Navas, Milner, Lampard, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Aguero, Jovetic, Dzeko.

Manchester City Women win their first trophy in Continental Cup victory

Manchester City Women beat Arsenal Ladies to win the FA WSL Continental Cup Credit: PA

Manchester City Women landed the first major trophy in their history as Isobel Christiansen's header secured the FA WSL Continental Cup.

Their opponents, Arsenal Ladies, had triumphed in each of the three previous seasons of the competition's existence, but their dominance was halted by Nick Cushing's City side at Wycombe's Adams Park.

Christiansen headed City ahead after 72 minutes, connecting with a flying header after Krystle Johnston whipped over a classy cross from the right flank.

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