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Kick It Out chairman says Manchester City referee should be banned

Oct 24, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

Yaya Toure, Kirill Nababkin AP

In the wake of the alleged racial abuse that fans of CSKA Moscow hurled at Manchester City’s Yaya Toure in yesterday’s Champions League match, Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley claims the match referee should not officiate again.

“The referee should not be refereeing again,” Ouseley told BBC Radio 5 live on Thursday. “He failed to do his duty last night and that is a clear issue that UEFA should be dealing with.”

Under 2009 UEFA guidelines, referees have the power to tackle racist chanting from supporters by (1) stopping a match and asking for warnings to be made over the public address system and, in the event that measure fails, (2) suspending the match for a short time, and if the abuse continues, (3) abandoning the match.

Since Toure reported the abuse to Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan during the match and spoke to him afterwards, the incident will be included in the official’s report sent to UEFA on Thursday. Manchester City have lodged a formal complaint with UEFA while CSKA Moscow appear to be questioning the incident by claiming that Toure was the only person to hear the chants.

MORE: Racist chants darken Manchester City’s night

Yesterday’s incident will test new sanctions issued by UEFA this past May when it announced that a partial stadium closure would be applied for first time incidents involving racist spectators while a full stadium closure and a fine of €50,000 euros would be assessed for a second incident.

Ouseley said if players are not adequately protected, more of them could start walking off the pitch during a game, echoing what former AC Milan player Kevin Prince-Boateng did last season in a friendly match against lower division Italian side Pro Patria.

“This has gone on for too long,” added Ouseley. “UEFA and FIFA take us for mugs. That can’t go on any longer.”

This season five clubs have been ordered to partial stadium closures while three have been forced to full closure.

  1. jrocknstuff - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    CSKA said Toure was the only one to hear it yet the announcers all reported hearing it in the middle of the match. CSKA needs to own up to it instead of making excuses for these jackasses

  2. midtec2005 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    The obvious solution to me is forfeit. The fans don’t want their team to lose…

  3. chadmoon1 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    The fans do racist chants, and the referee is to blame? He is trying to concentrate on doing the job in a CCL match. He is Romanian. The crowd is probably chanting in Russian. How is he supposed to know?

    • medic0nduty - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      The abuse was reported to him during the match by Toure, so he couldn’t have not known that it was occurring. Also, the chants weren’t in Russian; the fans were imitating monkey calls whenever Toure touched the ball in the final third, which is a form of racist abuse that doesn’t need translation. The ref has no excuse for not using the powers granted to him to try to stop the chants.

    • northseattlebruce - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      Uh, they were making monkey sounds. I think that translates from Russian to Romanian.

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