CSKA Moscow's Keisuke Honda and Manchester City's Yaya Toure during the Champions League match at Arena Khimki, Moscow, October 23, 2013© RIA Novosti. Ilia Pytalev
MOSCOW, October 23 (R-Sport) - Manchester City captain Yaya Toure said he was "furious" after hearing what he said was racist chanting during the English giants' 2-1 Champions League win over CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
The Ivorian midfielder said he had been targeted by CSKA fans at Arena Khimki and suggested racism in Russia could even lead to black players boycotting the 2018 World Cup in the country.
"I'm furious," he said. "I'm very, very disappointed about what they did today and UEFA have to take a big sanction about that or the player of color will be always in the same situation."
Toure suggested UEFA ban CSKA's home stadium from use in European competition "for a couple of years or maybe a couple of months" so that "the club will decide: 'O.K., we have to educate the fans.'"
Racism in Russian football is bad enough to justify a boycott of the 2018 World Cup, he suggested.
"If we aren't confident at the World Cup, coming to Russia, we don't come," said Toure, who said he had also experienced racism when playing in the Ukrainian league and that he had friends who had been targeted while playing in Italy.
Racist chanting is commonplace at top-flight Russian league games, but prosecutions are rare and clubs whose fans shout racist insults are usually punished with small fines.
In notable incidents, center-back Christopher Samba and left-back Roberto Carlos were both insulted by fans with bananas during their time with Anzhi Makhachkala, while Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike regularly complained of racist abuse from supporters befor eleaving Spartak Moscow in the summer.
Ukraine's national team was forced to play a match behind closed doors earlier this month as punishment for racist acts by fans in their preceding game.
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