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Man City midfielder wants tougher punishments for racism

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has called for stronger punishments against racism in football.

The Ivorian has been on the end of racist abuse during his and believes the authorities need to make a stand against culprits.

Yaya Toure thinks punishments are weak currently. Credit: PA

"I have been in the situation where there have been monkey chants and it's difficult to deal with that. As sportsmen you want to continue to the end but when you hear something like that it hurts you and breaks you," Toure said.

"You need to give them a radical sanction - paying a 20,000 [pound] fine is not enough, you need to do more."

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Visa issue rules Sandro out of crucial QPR clash

Record signing Sandro has played less than half of QPR's league matches. Credit: PA

QPR midfielder Sandro is unavailable for today's crucial match against Man City because of an issue concerning the expiry of his UK working visa.

The West London side will be relegated to the Championship unless they beat City in Manchester, but must do so without their record signing.

A report in today's Sunday Mirror suggested the Brazilian would not feature and the club have released a statement this afternoon, explaining:

In response to an article which was published by today's Sunday Mirror, the club can confirm it was informed by the Home Office on Thursday 7th May that there is an issue with Sandro's UK Residency Visa.

The club are working with Sandro and the Home Office to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. While this is ongoing, the club have been advised not to select Sandro for match involvement.

The club will be making no further comment at this time.

– QPR club statement

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Man City consider playing three strikers against QPR

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini could toy with the idea of playing three strikers as he looks for a long-term winning formula.

Three strikers against QPR? Why not? Credit: PA

Top scorer Sergio Aguero has been the lone frontman as City have found some stabilty after a rocky spell by winning their last three Barclays Premier League games.

But Pellegrini does not feel this necessarily represents the best system and would rather operate with more forwards, even though his reliance on his favoured 4-4-2 has brought mixed results - and criticism - this season.

Asked if he might have settled on the optimum system after wins over West Ham, Aston Villa and Tottenham playing 4-2-3-1, Pellegrini said:

No, I don't think so. I think that a big team must play with two strikers at least, or three, if you see Barcelona play with (Luis) Suarez, Neymar and (Lionel) Messi, and Real Madrid play with (Karim) Benzema, Cristiano (Ronaldo) and (Gareth) Bale.

– Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini
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