CSKA Moscow will have to close part of their ground for their next Champions League match - but what does this punishment actually achieve?
UEFA is staring at an open goal over depressing accusations of racist chanting aimed at Manchester City’s Yaya Toure by CSKA Moscow fans.
The imminent sacking of Roberto Mancini proves that 'respect' in football is about far more than how the players conduct themselves.
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against CSKA Moscow for racist behaviour of their fans under Article 14 of the UEFA disciplinary regulations.
It has also opened proceedings, under Article 16, for setting off of fireworks at last night’s UEFA Champions League group stage match in Moscow against Manchester City.
The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on October 30.
Match officials did not adhere to Uefa protocol over reports of racist abuse suffered by Yaya Toure at CSKA Moscow, FIFPro union Europe president Bobby Barnes claims.
We're very disappointed that a clear agreed protocol which is designed to deal with these situations was not effected.
The player, having done what was asked of him to notify the referee, quite rightly expected that the referee would go speak with the safety officer, and the (UEFA) protocol agreed is that the safety officer should make a stadium announcement warning the fans that if the chants do not desist that the game will be stopped.
– Bobby Barnes,FIFPro Division Europe President and PFA Deputy Chief Executive
Obviously it's difficult in a pressure situation, referees have lots to think about but there are a number of officials at games, nothwithstanding the fact you've got additional referees behind the goals in Champions League matches.
UEFA is investigating allegations of racist abuse against Manchester City's Yaya Toure and has warned that clubs will no longer escape with just fines if their supporters are guilty of discriminatory behaviour.
UEFA's communications director David Farrelly told Press Association Sport: "In relation to the UEFA Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City, we are waiting for the reports from the referee and the match delegate as they are our eyes and ears at the match.
"UEFA now has new regulations in place which were brought in at the start of the season."
The most recent Uefa sanctions to deal with racism state:
- "If one or more of a member association or club’s supporters engage in the behaviour described in paragraph 1, the member association or club responsible is punished with a minimum of a partial stadium closure."
- "...a second offence is punished with one match played behind closed doors and a fine of €50,000."
- "...any subsequent offence is punished with more than one match behind closed doors, a stadium closure, the forfeiting of a match, the deduction of points or disqualification from the competition."
Russian club CSKA Moscow have denied that their fans racially abused Toure.
The Russian club's deputy media manager Michael Sanadze told Sky Sports News: "There is no subject to discuss. Nothing special happened.
"There was a lot of noise in the stadium. Nobody else, other than Yaya Toure, heard anything.
The only trouble that has come about was because Yaya Toure heard something."
The Manchester City coach has said that it is "a pity" for Moscow after black player Yaya Toure was subjected to racist chants during a match in the city.
Manuel Pellegrini said:
"Well, I didn't know what happened, they just tell me there were some shouts against Yaya Toure, I think its a pity that they continue with that stupid things and I hope that would have hear (heard) the right message to finish all the things, it's a pity for Yaya, its a pity for the city I think."
The CSK Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky denied hearing any abuse, saying: "I haven't heard anything, I was watching the game".
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has said he has faith in the football authority Uefa to punish CSKA Moscow after some of their fans racially abused him during a Champions League match last night:
Thank you for your support! Hate or racism cannot affect me when so many people are showing me love and support on a daily basis!
I believe in football institutions, I know decision makers will take their responsibilties and show A RED CARD TO RACISM
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany called on Uefa to act against racist chants, after Yaya Toure was racially abused by fans during a game with CSKA Moscow.
Manchester City's Yaya Toure was racially abused by fans from CSKA Moscow in a game this evening. The BBC reported that chants could be heard from some CSKA supporters in the Khimki Arena.
Speaking after the game he called for Uefa to do more to tackle racism from the stands. In an interview with Sky Sports News Toure said he told the referee fans were chanting racial abuse, and nothing was done about it. He said:
"Yes, of course I told him [the referee]. It was disappointing. We are always talking about no racism and they continue to do it again - it was unbelievable.
"I think Uefa has to be stronger, and hold all the clubs and all the fans that do that [responsible].
"As an African player, it is always sad when you hear something like that."
Manchester United defender Micah Richards has used his injury-prone status to pull a prank on staff at the club.
After slipping over while filming an advert, Richards hatched the plan with a member of City TV, who then filmed the whole thing.
Walking into the room with a slight limp, he tells the club's photographer and marketing manager, "I think I've pulled my hamstring ... I swear."
As the women look fearful that their jobs might be on the line over this, Richards falls out of character with a huge "eeeeey!"
"Your heart dropped ... You was getting sacked, you was getting sacked!" he said laughing.