Uefa has charged CSKA Moscow with “racist behaviour of their fans” after Manchester City’s Yaya Touré complained of monkey chants against him during the Champions League match in Moscow.
The Russian club have denied any racist abuse took place during Wednesday night’s match but will face a disciplinary hearing next week.
A Uefa statement read: “Proceedings have been opened against CSKA Moscow for racist behaviour of their fans (article 14 of the UEFA disciplinary regulations) and for setting off of fireworks (article 16) at last night’s Uefa Champions League group stage match in Moscow against Manchester City.
“The case will be dealt with by the Uefa control and disciplinary body on 30 October.”
CSKA have already denied that their fans directed monkey chants at Touré saying they are “surprised and disappointed” by Manchester City’s response. Their forward Seydou Doumbia even claimed that his Ivory Coast teammate was “clearly exaggerating” over the abuse.
A club statement said: “Having carefully studied the video of the game, we found no racist insults from fans of CSKA. In many occasions, especially during attacks on our goal, fans booed and whistled to put pressure on rival players, but regardless of their race.
“In particular, this happened with Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko. Why the Ivorian midfielder took it as all being directed at him is not clear.”
CSKA also quoted Doumbia as saying he did not hear any racist abuse. “I didn’t hear anything like that from the CSKA fans. Yes, they’re always noisy in supporting the team, and try to put as much pressure as possible on our opponents, but they wouldn’t ever allow themselves to come out with racist chants. So my Ivory Coast colleague is clearly exaggerating.”
The club’s deputy media manager, Michael Sanadze, told Sky Sports News that “nothing special happened” despite the midfielder complaining of sustained racial abuse from the crowd during his side’s win.
“There is no subject to discuss,” Sanadze said. “Nothing special happened. There was a lot of noise in the stadium. Nobody else, other than Yaya Touré, heard anything. The only trouble that has come about was because Yaya Touré heard something.”
Uefa warned on Thursday that clubs will no longer escape with just fines if their supporters are guilty of discriminatory behaviour.
City’s Ivory Coast midfielder called on the governing body to close the Moscow stadium as punishment for the abuse he suffered, and under the new rules a partial closure looks certain if the allegations are proved.
A first offence of racist behaviour by supporters carries a sanction of a partial stadium closure and a second offence leads to a full stadium closure plus a fine.
The referee Ovidiu Hategan failed to take any action despite Touré’s complaint. Uefa’s regulations state that the official should have stopped the game and asked for an announcement over the public address system for the chants to cease.
It has led to calls from anti-racism campaigners for the referee to be banned. “The referee should not be refereeing again,” the Kick It Out chairman, Lord Ouseley, told BBC Radio 5 live. “He failed to do his duty last night and that is a clear issue that Uefa should be dealing with.”
Touré said: “I’m not just disappointed, I’m furious. I’m very, very disappointed about what those fans have done and I think Uefa has to take action because players with the same colour of skin will always be in the same position.
“For me, as captain, I was wearing an armband which said ‘no to racism’ and I was totally disappointed. Maybe they could ban the stadium, I don’t know, for a couple of years or a couple of months.
“It’s stupid, these people. I don’t know, it just happens in football. It’s unbelievable. Uefa has to take action to right it otherwise I think they will just continue.”
So far this season, Uefa has imposed full stadium bans on three clubs – Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia, Legia Warsaw of Poland and Honved of Hungary – for racist behaviour by their supporters while five other clubs have had partial stadium closures imposed. They are: Lazio (who were originally handed a full stadium closure that was reduced on appeal), Polish clubs Lech Poznan and Piast Gliwice, Apoel Nicosia of Cyprus and the Croatian team HNK Rijeka.