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Toure racist abuse 'exaggerated', says CSKA boss

ESPN staff
November 5, 2013
CSKA apologise to Toure

CSKA Moscow manager Leonid Slutsky has said the fallout from the racial abuse suffered by Yaya Toure has been an "overreaction."

Toure, 30, was the victim of racist chanting in Manchester City's 2-1 Champions League win over the Russian club last month.

CSKA have since been ordered by UEFA to close part of their Arena Khimki stadium for their next Champions League game.

Slutsky's side travel to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, and, while the coach has insisted CSKA are against all racism, he has believes the incident regarding Toure has been "very exaggerated."

"It is normal we are against racism in our team," he said in the Guardian. "We have black players and we give them support. We did not hear any racist chants [so] it is difficult to comment.

"The club is categorically against racism but we think the situation has been very exaggerated and there was an overreaction. We have received our punishment - it was up to UEFA to impose it."

In the same pre-match news conference, CSKA captain Sergei Ignashevich offered his apologies for the abuse Toure endured.

"We are sorry that such unpleasant incident took place," Ignashevich said.

Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News has reported that a flight from Moscow heading to Manchester had to divert to Denmark.

The newspaper claims the plane was forced to stop off at Copenhagen Airport due to disruption from football fans who had consumed alcohol.

An easyJet spokesman said: "easyJet can confirm that flight EZY1872 flying from Moscow Domodedovo to Manchester on November 3 diverted to Copenhagen airport due to the disruptive behaviour of a passenger on board. One passenger was immediately offloaded on arrival.

"Unfortunately, prior to take off, it was necessary for the captain to take the decision to offload a further six passengers.

"The aircraft then continued towards Manchester where it landed with a short delay."

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