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Central London swamped by football fans ahead of final

Sunderland fans descended upon Covent Garden in central London last night ahead of their team's League Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium today.

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Heavy wind and rain hits Man City's Etihad Stadium

High winds and heavy rain have caused the Manchester City game against Sunderland to be called off.

A member of the public makes his way through high wind and heavy rain, past a blown over programme stand. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Groundstaff remove the corner flags after the match was postponed. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
People struggle to walk as heavy wind and rain lashes down outside the Etihad Stadium. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Manchester City put six goals past Arsenal

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (centre) celebrates after scoring his side's first goal of the game Credit: Lynne Cameron/EMPICS Sport

Manchester City continued their sensational home form to win 6-3 against table-topping Arsenal in the Premier League.

Goals from Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, Luis Fernandinho (twice), David Silva and Yaya Toure helped the home side go up to second in the league .

CSKA Moscow fans in full voice for Man City clash

CSKA Moscow fans are pictured singing and supporting their team against Manchester City tonight at the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League - just two weeks after city midfielder Yaya Toure was targeted by the Russian club's fans with racial abuse during a match in Moscow.

The abuse lead to a UEFA punishment and one of the single-tiered ends of Arena Khimki will be closed when CSKA host Bayern Munich later this month.

A group of CSKA Moscow fans cheer on their team in Manchester after making the long journey from Russia. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images
A tattooed-CSKA Moscow fan braves the cold weather conditions in Manchester. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini warned CSKA Moscow fans against repeating their racist abuse of City midfielder Yaya Toure. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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UEFA sanction CSKA Moscow after Toure racial abuse

CSKA Moscow's stadium will be partially closed for their next Champions League home game after fans racially abused Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, UEFA have announced.

In a statement, the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body announced that the Arena Khimki will be partially closed during Moscow's game against Bayern Munich on 27 November for the "racist behaviour of CSKA supporters".

The Ivory Coast international was subject to racist chanting by a section of fans at the Arena Khimki. Credit: PA Wire

The Ivory Coast international was subject to racist chanting by a section of fans during Manchester City's 2-1 win on October 23.

The Russian club denied that their fans had used racist chants, arguing that "no one else other than Yaya Toure had heard anything".

Blatter: Boycott is no weapon against racism

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has rubbished the idea of a boycott in protest against alleged racist abuse suffered by Manchester City player Yaya Toure in Russia.

"I think we should never speak about a boycott of the World Cup," Blatter told reporters in Oxford.

"We should fight against racism but the boycott would not be a weapon against racism."

Russian league boss: Toure incident 'misunderstanding'

Manchester City's Yaya Toure said he was "furious" at the alleged racist abuse he received from CSKA Moscow fans. Credit: PA

The chief executive of the Russian football league has blamed a "misunderstanding" for Yaya Toure's compliant that CSKA Moscow fans racially abused him.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Sergey Cheban says he attended the Champions League match in Moscow on Wednesday but didn't hear any racist chanting.

He said through an interpreter "there was not an incident" and that "everyone hears what he wants to hear."

Wenger cool on idea of Russian World Cup boycott

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has doubts over whether a boycott of the 2018 World Cup would be the best way to combat racism in Russia.

Asked about a potential boycott, Wenger said: "You have to fight racism whether it is in Russia or anywhere else in the world.

"You cannot tolerate racism of any kind and you have to fight against it. How (do) you do that?

"Honestly I believe UEFA is taking action in the right way and to go as extreme as (a boycott), it's a bit early to do that because it's not proven what happened.

"I believe that Russia itself has to fight against that and of course you want everybody to be active on that."

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