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Harsher sanctions needed for racism – Toure

SoccerNews in English Premier League 13 May 2015


Yaya Toure believes more needs to be done by football’s governing bodies to punish those found guilty of racism.

The Manchester City midfielder was subject to racist taunts during a UEFA Champions League at CSKA Moscow in October 2013.

UEFA punished that offence by ordering a partial stadium closure on the Russian Premier League side.

But Toure, speaking at the launch of FIFA’s Anti-Discrimination Monitoring System in London, feels more strigent measures are needed.

“For me, the real matter is we need harsher sanctions – not just closing part of the stadium or giving them a level of a fine,” he said.

“We can see now we have a couple of clubs who are bigger than a country and they pay maybe £20,000 and something like that. For me that is not enough, we need to do more.”

The new FIFA initiative will see an Anti-Discrimination Match Observer assigned to games in qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup that are considered high risk of discrimination, and a report will be compiled to football’s leading governing body within 24 hours.

And Toure hopes the scheme will have a positive impact.

“When FIFA called to invite me to be involved, I said yes straight away because for me something has to be done,” the Ivorian added.

“We need to see this change. In England especially, to be honest with you, I have never seen that argument and I think it is fantastic. And that’s what I want in other countries, especially in that side of the world in Russia and Ukraine.”


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