Pellegrini disappointed CSKA’s poor response to racial incidents at their home
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is bemused by CSKA Moscow’s response to the racial abuse thrown by their fans towards his midfielder Yaya Toure during the Champions League clash at their stadium last month.
An official complaint was launched against CSKA Moscow for being unable to control its fans. UEFA found the Russian club guilty and ordered the stadium to be taped red for the fans during the next home Champions League game, which will be against Bayern Munich on November 27.
Despite the ruling from UEFA, CSKA Moscow insists Yaya Toure alone heard racial abuse against him. Pellegrini believes the response from CSKA Moscow has been disappointing and encouraging for racist incidents in the future.
Pellegrini condemned CSKA Moscow fans and has urged the Russian club to make sure that such an incident doesn’t occur when the two teams meet on Tuesday at Etihad Stadium.
“The fans of CSKA made an important mistake,” Pellegrini said. “I don’t know why the club denied at the beginning or what their reaction is now but UEFA acted and gave them the punishment they deserve. I hope we can leave it in the past.”
Manchester City right back Pablo Zabaleta claims Toure has support from all of his teammates. The Argentinean defender understands why Toure became upset by the racial incident at the Khimki Arena.
“What happened in Moscow was really hard for Yaya,” Zabaleta said. “We are all behind him and anytime we see something like that we try to help the players. Hopefully UEFA is always on it. As players, we just need to give massive support to the black players when they have some problems like that.”
In spite of what happened during their last meeting, Pellegrini is confident Toure will be entirely focused towards playing good football against CSKA Moscow.
“I think Yaya is an experienced player,” Pellegrini said. “Maybe he can’t forget about what happened in Russia but [this] is a special match for him, not because of that but because Manchester City can go to the next stage of the Champions League. I think he will only be thinking about football.”