Manchester City were charged with breaking financial rules by the Premier League on Monday, prompting some African supporters to speculate that Yaya Toure might be responsible.
The Cote d’Ivoire legend represented the club with distinction between 2010 and 2018, but upon his departure from City, his agent Dmitri Seluk predicted an ‘African curse’ will prevent the Sky Blues and Pep Guardiola from ever winning the Champions League again.
“The way he acted towards Yaya, a club legend, coming up with various pretexts not to let him play…he has set all of Africa against him, many African fans have turned away from Manchester City,” said the Russian agent, “and I am sure that many African shamans will not let Guardiola win the Champions League in future.
“It will be like an African curse on Guardiola. Time will tell if I am right or not.”
Following City’s latest setback, supporters across the continent have speculated whether Seluk’s words are coming true, and whether Yaya is to blame for the sanctions.