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Uefa's Meek Response To Yaya's Racist Abuse

Uefa’s solution to the racist abuse of Yaya Toure in Russia: sack one man and close one stand of CSKA Moscow’s ground when they play Bayern Munich.

The European football body has been investigating the abuse Toure suffered during Manchester City’s Champions League win over CSKA at the Khimki Arena earlier this month.

They have decided that the referee is not to blame for the failure of their "three-step protocol" to be implemented at the stadium when the abuse occurred.

Apparently, referee Ovidiu Hategan did relay a message to the venue director that the crowd should be warned to stop their racist abuse of Ivorian international Toure.

However, the unnamed venue director, also employed by Uefa, failed to sound the alarm.

He has been “relieved of his duties” by Uefa.

Furthermore, as a direct punishment to CSKA, Uefa has ordered that they play their next home game in the Champions League, against Bayern on 27 November, with a partly reduced capacity.

They believe that having less supporters in the stadium will somehow send a message that racism is bad and that if it persists, the next step will be to force CSKA to play behind closed doors.

Surely Russian racists are shaking in their steel-toed boots.

"The referee and the additional assistant referee standing on that side of the field witnessed the inappropriate behaviour of a small number of supporters," Uefa's statement said.

"The referee immediately asked the fourth official to request an announcement to be made to the public. The venue director [the Uefa officer in charge of football operations], who had not heard the chanting himself, did not activate the procedure. As the chanting had ceased, the referee decided to resume the game with the free-kick.

"The conclusion of the investigation is therefore that the referee had correctly triggered the first step of the procedure by requesting the stadium announcement. The venue director acted inappropriately, though in good faith, so causing the failure."

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