The Sport Matrix: Friday 25 October 2013


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

Ruthless Spurs lay down law to Sheriff

Tottenham are on the verge of progressing to the Europa League knockout stages after beating Sheriff Tiraspol 2-0 away from home. Jan Vertonghen headed in before Jermain Defoe’s deflected strike doubled the lead as Spurs made it three straight Group K wins. MORE

Powell keeps Wigan in hunt

Wigan drew 1-1 with Rubin Kazan at the DW Stadium. Aleksandr Prudnikov put Kazan ahead with a clinical low finish in the 15th minute before the Championship side levelled through Nick Powell six minutes before the break, scoring with a long-range effort. MORE

Cissé penalty denies Swansea

Djibril Cissé’s late penalty denied Swansea a victory over Kuban Krasnodar at the Liberty Stadium. The hosts led 1-0 through Michu’s 68th-minute goal and looked set to prevail until Swans keeper Gerhard Tremmel fouled Ibrahima Balde and the Frenchman slotted in. MORE

Rodgers rejects Ferguson’s claims

Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, says he is “bitterly disappointed” about Sir Alex Ferguson disparaging remarks about Jordan Henderson in his new autobiography. Rodgers also dismissed Ferguson’s claim that Steven Gerrard was not a top-class player. MORE

I’m in no hurry for a job, says Pulis

Crystal Palace could face a fight to convince Tony Pulis to take over from Ian Holloway after the former Stoke manager admitted any return to management “has to be right”. Pulis was the favourite after Holloway’s departure by mutual consent.

Cup changes may have come too late

The future of the Heineken Cup reached a delicate stage after the rugby establishment agreed to change its structure. But top English and French clubs were not present at the meeting. They remain adamant they will form a breakaway tournament. MORE

Court case throws Indian GP in doubt

Organisers of the Indian Grand Prix were yesterday adamant that Sunday’s race will go ahead even though the country’s top court, the Indian Supreme Court, will today hear a petition seeking its cancellation over tax issues. MORE

Warner fires Ashes warning with 197

Australian batsman David Warner is in fine form ahead of the Ashes series, hitting a record 197 from 141 balls in the semi-finals of Australia’s domestic limited-overs competition yesterday. It was the 26-year-old’s third century in four matches.

In-form England secure final place

England secured a place in today’s Tri-Series final against South Africa after thrashing Trinidad & Tobago 56-24. The victory means Anna Mayes’ side maintained their 100 per cent record this year. MORE

Cyrille Regis

After Yaya Touré was subjected to monkey chants in Manchester City’s game against CSKA Moscow, Regis says why Uefa must come up with a strong enough deterrent to stamp  out racism. MORE