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UEFA must act over 'stupid' chants - Toure

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October 23, 2013 « Live: Champions League football | Chartbeat test »
Yaya Toure was left disappointed by racist chanting in Moscow © AP
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Yaya Toure has called for UEFA to act after the Manchester City midfielder was subjected to "stupid" racist chants in their 2-1 Champions League win over CSKA Moscow, with the club set to lodge an official appeal.

Sergio Aguero scored a double as Manuel Pellegrini's side came from a goal behind to secure the points in Russia, but Toure was left disappointed with the unsavoury chanting from the stands.

"I was quite disappointed, for them to do that again was unbelievable and really, really sad," Toure told Sky Sports. "I think UEFA has to do something, that would be nice, because we want to stop that.

"Some songs from the crowd today were quite stupid but I think UEFA has to do something because every time we say something and they continue [to chant]. We have to do something to stop that."

Asked what punishments he would like to see imposed, Toure said: "A lot. I think maybe close the stadium, maybe for a couple of games. It's really sad, we need to do something and hopefully football will continue."

City manager Pellegrini confirmed he did not know about the chants during the game, but backed his player's calls for UEFA to take the appropriate action.

"I didn't know about that [the chants]," Pellegrini said. "It's a pity and I hope we have the right measures."

Toure voiced further upset after the match using the social networking site Twitter.

City will lodge an official complaint to UEFA, while the organisations say they will wait on the officials' report before commenting on the row.

UEFA told Sky Sports: "We are awaiting the reports from the match which should land at some point today or tomorrow.

"Once received, the contents will determine whether a disciplinary case be opened. Should this be the case, we will communicate accordingly."

CSKA Moscow meanwhile have denied their fans directed monkey chants towards Toure.

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