Touré team-mate says City player is ‘exaggerating’
Yaya Touré’s Ivory Coast team-mate Seydou Doumbia last night accused the Manchester City player of “clearly exaggerating” his claims of the racist abuse he suffered at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, as pressure increased on the Romanian referee, Ovidiu Hategan, for failing to stop the match.
Touré was subjected to racist abuse from CSKA Moscow fans during City’s 2-1 win in the Champions League, which he informed the referee about, but CSKA yesterday asserted that their supporters had done nothing wrong. Doumbia, who played up front for CSKA, was the most surprisingly assertive, almost accusing Touré of making up his complaints.
“I didn’t hear anything like that from the CSKA fans,” said Doumbia, who has 20 caps for Ivory Coast and played with Touré for the national side this summer. “Yes, they are always noisy in supporting the team, and try to put as much pressure as possible on our opponents, but they wouldn’t ever allow themselves to come out with racist chants. So my Ivory Coast colleague [Touré] is clearly exaggerating.” MORE
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