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FIFPro Division Europe President Bobby Barnes said the World Footballers’ Association will continue to monitor instances of racism after UEFA hit Russian club CSKA Moscow with a partial stadium closure.

 

Barnes said, “FIFPro notes the decision made by the UEFA investigative panel and that the sanctions are in line with the agreed racism protocol for a first offence.”

 

UEFA recently announced that for incidents of racist abuse involving spectators, sanctions include a partial stadium closure for the first offence and a full stadium closure for a second offence, coupled with fines of 50,000 Euro.

 

The punishment stems from racial abuse suffered by Manchester City’s Ivorian international Yaya Toure during last week’s UEFA Champions League match at CSKA’s Arena Khimki stadium. In response to calls from FIFPro, among others, UEFA President Michel Platini ordered an investigation and European football’s governing body found its own match-day racism protocol had failed.

 

UEFA’s venue director who was present in the Russian capital has since been relieved of his duties.

 

Barnes added, “Regarding the investigation into the failure to implement an agreed protocol, FIFPro recognises UEFA has taken action against one individual. We also hope and expect that core issues are being addressed to ensure this protocol does not fail if it’s needed again.”

 

During the match, Toure had informed Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan of racist chanting coming from the stands. UEFA said the message was passed on to UEFA’s venue director who did not carry out the final stage of the procedure, which is to request an announcement be made to the public.