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Sunday 22 April 2018

CSKA coach refuses to apologise

CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutski. Picture credit: AP Photo/Jon Super
CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutski. Picture credit: AP Photo/Jon Super

CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky refused to apologise to racial abuse victim Yaya Toure ahead of his side's latest Champions League clash with Manchester City.

City midfielder Toure was subjected to monkey chants by a section of CSKA supporters when the two clubs met in the Russian capital a fortnight ago.

UEFA has since ordered CSKA to play their next home match in the competition at a partially closed stadium but, while the club are not appealing, they appear to be accepting their punishment grudgingly.

Before being found guilty by European football's governing body, CSKA vehemently denied any monkey chanting took place and insist the issue has been exaggerated.

Slutsky was repeatedly asked about the matter ahead of the Group D return between the two clubs at the Etihad Stadium.

Slutsky said: "The club is categorically against racism. We did not hear any racial slurs, so it is difficult to comment. We think the situation has been exaggerated and there was an over-reaction."

When asked if the club would apologise, Slutsky said: "I think we have discussed this matter enough already."

Defender Sergei Ignashevich did express regret, but only after sympathising with the CSKA fans who will not be able to attend the Bayern Munich game on November 27 because of the UEFA sanction.

He said: "We are sorry that some of our fans won't be at this game but at the moment we are thinking about the game (against City)."

But when asked further he said: "We are sorry that such an unpleasant incident took place."

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