City present evidence of racist abuse

Club submits video footage from Porto in attempt to get Uefa to take complaints seriously

Manchester City have been forced to gather their own evidence to prove to Uefa that their players were racially abused in Porto last Thursday night, sending video footage which demonstrates that the matter should be vigorously investigated.

Mobile phone footage easily available on the internet offers compelling evidence that monkey noises from Porto's fans were being made towards Mario Balotelli and Yaya Touré in Estadio do Dragao during City's 2-1 win. City have compiled a collection of other such videos for the consideration of the European governing body. To City's indignation the only contact from Uefa, with the club having lodged the complaint about the alleged abuse of players, has been an email declaring that City are to be the subject of disciplinary proceedings after a section of their own fans let off fireworks at kick-off. City remain unsure that their own concerns are being treated seriously.

Uefa indicated yesterday that they are still at the "evidence-gathering stage" of their inquiries into the racism allegations, though the fact that officials in Nyon seem to be further ahead in their firework investigation is a source of some bemusement in Manchester.

Porto, who arrive in the city today ahead of tomorrow's 5pm kick off, have denied the claims. They insist their supporters were merely shouting "Kun, Kun, Kun", in reference to the Argentinian City striker Sergio Aguero's commonly used nickname. The video footage appears to disprove that. Sources close to Balotelli have made it clear that since he has been on the receiving end of such abuse before – during his time at Internazionale – further abuse would not surprise, nor affect him.

Meanwhile, City's football development executive, Patrick Vieira, has said that his club "are a better side than United" and that the Premier League title is for them to throw away.

"It's in our hands to win the title," Vieira said. "When you look at our team and how we played since the start of the season and you look at how United have played since the start of the season, the fact is that we are better than them. But they know how to win. Alex Ferguson knows the league better than anybody else, they win titles year after year. They know what to do to win the league.

"As a club it's quite new for us to be in that situation. But we have players with experience, we have a manager with the experience, we have the desire to do it and the focus is there."

Vieira also believes that City have become imbued with the "arrogance" that saw an Arsenal side in which Vieira was a key component pip United to the title by a point in 1998. "At Arsenal we believed in ourselves," he said. "Our self-belief was really high, maybe some people will say that was arrogance, but it was just self-belief. We knew we were good enough to win the league because we had players who were playing at the best and we had the self-belief that we would do it. [We'd say] 'We will beat United, we will beat Liverpool, we're going to win it'. Our self-belief was really high, and I believe that is what's happening at City. What I really like of this team is the atmosphere in the dressing room. There is a group of lads who have a really strong relationship. Really friendly and really strong. At Arsenal I liked going to training every day because the atmosphere was really good and I feel at City it is the same."

"[There is ] this relationship with the players who like to be together, who like to spend time together. Players who want to achieve the same objective."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?