Yaya Toure concerned about racism problems ahead of World Cup

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The 34-year-old says he has fears that the tournament might be ruined by racists and has offered to help curb this ahead of next year’s showpiece

Yaya Toure disclosed he has concerns about racism ahead of the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia.

The Manchester City powerhouse was on the receiving end of racists chants by fans of CSKA Moscow in a Uefa Champions League game earlier this season which led to a Fifa charge and partial closure of the stadium.

And the former Cote d'Ivoire international wants Fifa to be proactive in nipping racism in the bud and has also offered to lend his support to the cause.

“I have been abused by racism and because those things happened to me, I try to be involved and I want to help those people who don't have a voice to control this situation,” Toure said in a short film called ‘Football People’.

"For me to defend an African boy in this situation is a blessing.

“What we are looking to do is to try and stop those idiotic people doing that. We have to be focused and have fair play everywhere.

“If racism situations are going to be involved then it is going to be a big mess. We have to hope and be positive about that.

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“Everyone is talking about Russia maybe being a little bit difficult. But I hope that Russia surprises everybody by trying to make something very nice.

“I have played football in Ukraine and Russia as well before I moved across Europe – it's like my second country because I used to speak Russian as well.”

 

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