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27th Sep 2016

Yaya Toure says what everyone is thinking about Fifa shutting down their anti-racism task force

He's not happy at all

Simon Lloyd

Yaya Toure might well have let his agent do most of the talking about his lack of game time under Pep Guardiola this season, but the Ivorian isn’t keeping quiet about Fifa’s decision to shut down their anti-racism task force.

The Manchester City midfielder had been part of the team that had been set up by football’s world governing body to combat racism in the game three years ago and recently received a letter informing him of the decision to bring it to an end.

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Questioning the logic behind the decision, Toure expressed his disappointment.

“When I received the letter telling me the FIFA task force was to be discontinued I was very disappointed,” Toure wrote on his official website.

“The letter listed the good work that had been carried out as a result of the task force’s advice and recommendations. So my question is, after failing to deal with racism sufficiently for decades – why stop when something is beginning to work?

“Are FIFA being complacent ahead of a World Cup in Russia? This makes no sense.”

“My only hope is that FIFA have thought this through. The letter I received does not fill me with confidence. It will be the fans and players that suffer if FIFA do not get this right.”

Toure was the subject of racist abuse during a Champions League meeting with CSKA Moscow in 2013.

After complaining about the incident, Uefa ordered the partial closure of CSKA’s stadium during the club’s next Champions League tie.

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