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CSKA Moscow Faces UEFA Sanctions Because of Fans’ Racist Chants

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- CSKA Moscow faces disciplinary action by European soccer’s governing body over racist chants from its fans toward Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

UEFA said in a statement that it has opened proceedings against the club because of “racist behavior” and the “setting off of fireworks” during yesterday’s Champions League match in the Russian capital.

Toure, an Ivory Coast international, said such incidents warrant a tougher stance by UEFA.

“They have to ban them at some stage,” Toure said after City’s 2-1 win. “For a couple of years. I don’t know.”

Earlier this month Italy’s Lazio was fined 40,000 euros ($55,000) and ordered to play in a partially-empty stadium for one match after racist chanting by its supporters. Croatia’s Rijeka and Dinamo Zagreb, Cyprus’s APOEL, and Poland’s Legia Warsaw have also received UEFA penalties after racism by fans.

UEFA said it will deal with the CSKA matter on Oct. 30.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ben Priechenfried at the London Sports Desk at bprie@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser in London at celser@bloomberg.net

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