UEFA starts internal probe into racism protocol


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 Europe’s football union, UEFA, on Friday launched an internal investigation into why match officials did not act according to rules.

This was in connection with alleged racist incidents during CSKA Moscow’s Champions League match with Manchester City.

UEFA on Thursday opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian club after City midfielder Yaya Toure said he was racially abused by a section of CSKA fans.

Toure said he informed Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan about the incidents during Wednesday’s game.

Based on UEFA protocol, the referee must halt the game and ask for a public announcement to stop racist behaviour.

Suspending the match for a time and ultimately abandoning it are the two further steps according to UEFA anti-racism protocol.

“UEFA President Michel Platini has requested that the UEFA administration immediately conduct an internal investigation to understand why the three-step protocol established to deal with incidents of a racist nature was not implemented,’’ UEFA said.

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