Champions League: Kick out CSKA

Champions League: Kick out CSKA
CSKA Moscow's fans support their team during their Champions League soccer match against Manchester City at the Arena Khimki outside Moscow.


CSKA MOSCOW 1 (Zoran Tosic 32)

MAN CITY 2 (Sergio Aguero 34, 42)

The most popular anti-racism campaign in football is called Kick It Out. But the message still isn't getting through. So let's kick out CSKA Moscow instead.

The softly, softly approach is proving to be as toothless as it is exasperating. Uefa must take a decisive stand or be considered just as cowardly as the repugnant racists hiding in the shadows of the Khimki Arena.

Manchester City defeated CSKA Moscow 2-1 on Thursday morning (Singapore time), but the real winners were the racists. They seized centre stage. They shifted the focus to their nasty, sinister displays of intolerance.

They delight in our discomfort. We tiptoe sensitively around such a delicate issue. They goose step out front, loudly and proudly. So let's not hide behind a brittle banner of political correctness. Let's focus on the only issue that truly matters.

CSKA Mosow do not belong in the Champions League.

What Yaya Toure was subjected to in Moscow was inhumane behaviour from sub-humans. Never have I previously sat through a football match feeling so repulsed by such sickening chants.

Call me naive, idealistic, overly sensitive or emotional. I don't care. I can take it because I've never been called a monkey before.

I've witnessed - and been the victim of - hooliganism inside English stadiums. My football consciousness was framed by the twin horrors of Heysel and Hillsborough. But those tragedies were three decades ago. I was a boy. Now I am a man. The game grew up, too. Football evolved.

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