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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.


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.

Frank Lampard surprised by his impressive start for City

Frank Lampard is suprised at being named City's player of the month. Credit: PA

Frank Lampard admits to a sense of disbelief at his sensational start to his loan spell at Manchester City which saw the former England midfielder voted as the club's player of the month.

Lampard, who could start against Tottenham in the Saturday lunchtime match, scored a vital equaliser against his old club Chelsea, two more in the Capital One Cup against Sheffield Wednesday and a further goal in the win at Hull.

If somebody had said I would be voted player of the month by the fans in my first full month playing I would have had difficulty believing them.

"To beat James Milner and David Silva is really flattering and especially James, who has had a fantastic start to the season and is someone who doesn't always get the plaudits he deserves.

"I think my goals probably edged it but Milly deserves a big shout out as well."

– Frank Lampard, told the Manchester City Official Website.

Manchester City Women look to the men's team for inspiration in tonight's Cup Final

Manchester City Ladies are looking to the men's team successes for inspiration Credit: PA

For now there is only one name on the FA WSL Continental Cup, as Arsenal Ladies have won the title every year since the competition started in 2011.

Tonight Manchester City Women will be looking to stop the three time Continental Cup and current FA Cup winners from winning four years in a row.

To do so their manager Nick Cushing has challenged his players to use the success of the men's team as an inspiration.

"Arsenal probably have a slight advantage established as a team who have previously won the Continental Cup but we're confident that we can apply ourselves well and give them a tough game.

When our men's team played Manchester United in the semi-final of the FA Cup back in 2011, that was a big challenge and they got through it.

They went on to win the FA Cup against Stoke and that was a real catalyst for them to then go on and win the Premier League."

– Nick Cushing, MCWFC manager.
Nick Cushing, Manchester City Ladies manager is confident his team can win tonight. Credit: PA
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