Yaya Toure, who is struggling for playing time under Pep Guardiola after controversial comments made by his agent, has now hit out at football's world governing body, FIFA.
The retired Ivory Coast captain, who was a member of FIFA's anti-racism task force, of which South African Tokyo Sexwale was also a member, has slammed FIFA for seemingly becoming "complacent" in the fight against racism.
Here is Toure's complete statement after FIFA announced they had disbanded the task force: "When I was asked by FIFA to help with the fight against racism in football, I didn't think twice. I have experienced racism all my life – be that in the streets or in the stadiums. So to help address this was my responsibility – a way of preventing other players and fans from going through the same issues I had found in my career.
"When I received the letter telling me the FIFA task force was to be discontinued I was very disappointed. The letter listed the good work that had been carried out as a result of the task force's advice and recommendations. So my question is, after failing to deal with racism sufficiently for decades – why stop when something is beginning to work? Are FIFA being complacent ahead of a World Cup in Russia? This makes no sense.
"The task force brought together the expertise of campaigners, football administrators and players. It was a resource that gave FIFA the expertise they clearly did not have before. As a group, the task force could help shape and put in place the most effective initiatives to keep players and fans safe. The task force could question when FIFA were not delivering on its promise to do as much as they could in this area.
"My only hope is that FIFA have thought this through. The letter I received does not fill me with confidence. It will be the fans and players that suffer if FIFA do not get this right."
It is uncertain why FIFA decided to drop the anti-racism task force, but Sexwale said in February, when running for the FIFA presidency, that the task force should be permanent.
"Racism is going to be with us for a long, long time," he told the FIFA Congress, according to AP.
"It can't just be a committee that comes ad hoc."
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