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Manchester City's Yaya Toure, right, speaks to the referee Ovidiu Hategan, left, during the Champions League
group D football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City, at Arena Khimki stadium outside
Moscow, Russia, on Wednesday. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure called on UEFA to take action against
CSKA Moscow after he was subjected to racist chanting during his team's 2-1 win in the Champions League.
The Ivory Coast player said he had told match referee Ovidiu Hategan about the chants during the game in
the Russian capital. AP PHOTO
Michel Platini has ordered an
investigation after a Champions
League referee failed to follow
guidelines and stop a match to
warn Russian fans about racist
UEFA said yesterday its protocol
for match officials to handle racism
incidents "was not applied" during
the CSKA Moscow-Manchester
City match on Wednesday.
"This protocol empowers the
referee to stop the match and ask
for a public address system
announcement to be made urging
spectators to stop such racist con-
duct," UEFA said in a statement.
Platini s request puts 33-year-
old Romanian referee Ovidiu Hate-
gan under scrutiny as well as the
UEFA has opened a disciplinary
case against CSKA, prompted by
complaints by City and midfielder
Yaya Toure, who is black.
Toure said he told Hategan dur-
ing play about monkey noises
being targeted at City s black play-
ers by home fans.
"UEFA must take their decision
about that," City manager Manuel
Pellegrini said on Friday of Platini s
request. "We did all that we can
do here, we can t do any more."
Hategan, who has been a FIFA
international list referee since 2008,
did not stop play and ask stadium
officials to broadcast a warning.
It is the first step of UEFA s guide-
lines to deal with racist abuse in
If abuse continues, the second
step in UEFA s protocol empowers
referees to suspend a match and
take teams off the pitch. The third
is abandoning the match.
UEFA said it will publish its
investigation findings after the dis-
ciplinary case next Wednesday.
Russian football authorities on
Friday declined to condemn CSKA,
the defending champion.
The Russian Football Union said
"CSKA fans have always been
known for their loyalty to the club
and proper behaviour at arenas,"
in a statement which expressed
support for FIFA and UEFA efforts
to tackle racism.
Russian league chief executive
Sergey Cheban, who attended the
match at Khimki Arena, said,
"there was not an incident."
"Maybe a misunderstanding.
The stadium is relatively small.
The acoustics are very special in
there as well. So maybe just a mis-
understanding," Cheban said
through an interpreter at a meeting
of European leagues in Paris.
The incident has directed atten-
tion at Russian football s issues
with racism ahead of the country
hosting the 2018 World Cup.
The 2012 European Champi-
onship in Poland and Ukraine
raised the profile of UEFA s guide-
lines for referees, who have had
authority since 2009 to halt
matches and deal with racist abuse.
UEFA insisted ahead of Euro
2012 there was a clear protocol in
place after Italy forward Mario
Balotelli, who is black, suggested
he would walk off the pitch if tar-
geted for abuse.
CSKA has questioned whether
any racially motivated abuse was
used, even as it issued a statement
on Thursday regretting the inci-
"Having carefully studied the
video of the game, we found no
racist insults from CSKA support-
ers to the guests," the club said.
CSKA has increasing influence
in European football through its
director Evgeni Giner.
Giner sits on the Platini-chaired
UEFA strategy council, as one of
four delegates representing Euro-
pean clubs. Giner also sits on
UEFA s club competitions com-
mittee which makes key recom-
mendations about running the
Champions League. (AP)
UEFA probes handling of
CSKA-Man City incident
BERLIN---Nuremberg drew 1-1 at
Stuttgart yesterday in Gertjan Ver-
beek s first game in charge of the
The Dutchman s tenure got off to
a poor start when referee Guido
Winkmann awarded a penalty with-
in two minutes for Niklas Stark s
clumsy challenge on Alexandru
Stuttgart s Vedad Ibisevic rifled
the spot kick into the top left corner
for the Bosnian s league-leading sev-
enth goal of the season.
But then US defender Timmy
Chandler set up Josip Drmic to
equalize with a cool finish beyond
goalkeeper Sven Ulreich in off the
far post three minutes later.
"It was a bad start but then we
scored a nice goal and we had our
chances. I m satisfied with the 1-1,"
said Verbeek, who was appointed
Tuesday in place of the sacked
Michael Wiesinger. Stuttgart striker
Martin Harnik had two great
chances and Ibrahima Traore hit the
post in the first half for the home
side, while Daniel Ginczek came
closest for the visitors in the second
Maxim had a golden chance to
win it in injury time only for Nurem-
berg defender Emanuel Pogatetz to
make a crucial clearance.
"The result s not too bad, but the
football needs to improve," said Ver-
beek, whose side remains in the rel-
egation play-off spot ahead of the
rest of the weekend s games.
Nuremberg defender Per Nilsson
lamented the side s seventh draw
from 10 games.
Nuremberg will take confidence
from the fact Stuttgart coach
Thomas Schneider is unbeaten since
he took over from Bruno Labbadia,
who was fired after three league
Stuttgart missed the chance to go
provisionally fourth. (AP)
Nuremberg draws 1-1 at
Stuttgart in Bundesliga
NANTES---Nolan Roux scored as
Lille beat Nantes 1-0 yesterday to
pull within a point of leader Paris
Saint-Germain in the French
Roux slid home a low cross from
Ronny Rodelin in the 41st minute,
although replays showed the Lille
striker was just offside.
Lille kept a sixth straight clean
sheet to provisionally climb to sec-
ond place, one point clear of Mona-
"We re very rigorous. We don t
concede goals because everybody
contributes," Lille fullback Franck
Beria said. "Nolan and Salomon
(Kalou) track back well." The result
ended Nantes four-match winning
The promoted side provisionally
remained in fourth place, five points
off the pace. Today, it s: Marseille
vs Reims; Bastia vs Nice; Guingamp
vs Ajaccio; Lorient vs Sochaux;
Toulouse vs Rennes; and Valenci-
ennes vs. Evian.
Tomorrow, PSG visits Saint-Eti-
enne, Monaco hosts Lyon and
Montpellier faces Bordeaux.
MADRID---Valladolid cruised to a
3-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano yes-
terday for its second win of the
season through 10 rounds of the
Valladolid s pressure frustrated
Rayo s normally energetic attack
while its forwards took full advantage
of the their few scoring opportuni-
Patrick Ebert opened in the 31st
minute with an inspired effort. The
German midfielder controlled a
lobbed pass, cut back to shed two
defenders and unleashed a long left-
foot strike into the far corner of the
Striker Javi Guerra added a second
goal in the 39th when Valladolid
beat Rayo s offside trap on the break.
Daniel Larsson replaced Ebert at
halftime and sealed the win three
minutes later when he snatched a
poor pass by Rayo s Johan Mojica
Guerra said Valladolid coach Juan
Ignacio Martinez had given orders
to disrupt Rayo s possession-based
attack by defending the entire pitch.
"We were working on that all
week," said Guerra, who leads Val-
ladolid with five goals this season.
"We tried to make it difficult for
them to keep the ball.
"We knew it was important to
get these three points away from
home. We hope this will be a turning
The win lifted Valladolid from the
brink of the relegation zone past
Rayo to the middle of the table
before the rest of the first division
plays over the weekend.
Leader Barcelona hosts Real
Madrid in the first "clasico" match
of the season today, while second-
place Atletico Madrid welcomes Real
Also this round, it s: Malaga vs
Celta Vigo, Elche vs Granada, Lev-
ante vs Espanyol, Sevilla vs Osasuna,
Villarreal vs Valencia, Real Sociedad
vs Almeria, and Getafe vs Athletic
Lille edges Nantes 1-0
Valladolid romps to 3-0 victory at Rayo
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