Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has warned that black players could boycott the 2018 World Cup if Russia does not tackle its racism problem.
According to the Mirror, Toure was furious to be subjected to monkey taunts during Manchester City’s Champions League win over CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
UEFA last night launched disciplinary action against the Russian champions, although a club spokesman claimed no racist behaviour took place, the report said.
Africa will have at least five teams at the 2018 Finals and the Ivory Coast star claims black players need to be assured they will not be racially abused, the report added.
Toure said that it was a problem in this part of the world and it happened all the time, adding that he also played in Ukraine, of which he had a good experience, but they had said some things as well.
The Kick It Out anti-racism campaign has given Toure their full support and have grave concerns about Russia staging the World Cup in five years’ time, the report further said. (ANI)