Racist chants: Man City referee should be banned – Kick It Out

Racist chants: Man City referee should be banned – Kick It Out

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The referee for Manchester City’s game against CSKA Moscow should not officiate again after failing to deal with racist abuse, according to Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley. City midfielder Yaya Toure complained to Ovidiu Hategan about racist chants from CSKA fans during Wednesday’s Champions League game in Russia.
“The referee should not be refereeing again,” Ouseley told BBC Radio 5 live on Thursday. “He failed to do his duty last night and that is a clear issue that Uefa should be dealing with.”
Under guidelines issued in 2009 by Uefa, which governs European football, referees have the power to tackle racist chanting from supporters.
As a first step, they can stop a match and ask for warnings to be made over the public address system.
The second step is to suspend a match for a short time. Then, if the abuse continues, a match can be abandoned.
Since Toure reported the abuse to the referee during the game and spoke to him afterwards, the incident will be included in the official’s report, which will be sent to Uefa on Thursday.
Manchester City have also lodged a formal complaint with Uefa, although the BBC’s Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg said CSKA Moscow claim Toure was the only person to hear the chants.
Romania official Hategan, a Fifa referee since 2008, was also in charge when Lazio fans were found guilty of racist behaviour towards Tottenham players in the Europa League last season.
FIFPro – the global union for pro footballers – said it was “disappointed” that match officials failed to implement agreed protocol over the Toure incident.
FIFPro European president Bobby Barnes said: “The player, having done what was asked of him to notify the referee, quite rightly expected that the referee would go speak with the safety officer, and the (Uefa) protocol agreed is that the safety officer should make a stadium announcement warning the fans that if the chants do not desist that the game will be stopped.”
Ouseley, who heads Kick It Out,  one of the leading anti-discrimination bodies in England, added that the latest incident would also test new sanctions issued by Uefa.
In May, Uefa announced that in the case of racist incidents involving spectators a partial stadium closure would be applied for the first offence and a full stadium closure for a second, coupled with a fine of 50,000 euros (£42,800).
Three clubs have been forced to close their stadiums this season, while five have been subjected to partial stadium closures.
Lazio had its punishment – for racist behaviour from its supporters in a match against Legia Warsaw last month – reduced on appeal. The Italian club were ordered to play two games behind close doors last season for similar reasons.
Ouseley asked: “Will [Uefa] do what they have always done and have sanctions that are applied in a way that will not stop this happening again?”
“If they don’t do that, it brings the question: what are clubs going to do to protect their players? What is the union going to do to protect their players?”
Ouseley said if players are not adequately protected, more of them could start walking off the pitch during a game, echoing what former AC Milan player Kevin Prince-Boateng did last season.
The Ghanaian international forced the abandonment of a friendly match between his side and an Italian lower division team after claiming he had been racially abused.
“This has gone on for too long,” added Ouseley. “Uefa and Fifa take us for mugs. That can’t go on any longer.”
Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Maria Miller told BBC Sport: “Any form of racism in sport is absolutely unacceptable and I think any allegation of this sort needs to be investigated in full and Uefa needs to take it very seriously indeed.
“When countries like Russia are going to be very shortly hosting the World Cup, it’s important we know a tough line is going to be taken.” – BBC Sport

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