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Russia's 2018 World Cup committee condemns racist abuse

The Russian 2018 World Cup organising committee condemns racial discrimination following allegations of monkey chants from CSKA Moscow fans.

The Russian 2018 World Cup organising committee has insisted that there is no place for racial discrimination in the country following allegations of monkey chanting.

Manchester City's 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League yesterday was overshadowed by alleged racist abuse from home supporters towards City midfielder Yaya Toure.

The committee has released a statement saying: "Whilst the alleged incidents are still under investigation by the relevant authorities, it is clear that all over the world a small minority try to ruin the wonderful experience of watching live world-class football for real fans.

"It is worth restating that all stakeholders in Russian football have made it clear that there is absolutely no place for any type of racial discrimination or abuse in our game.

"What is clear is that football is uniquely positioned to educate fans in combating this global issue. The 2018 World Cup in Russia, in particular, can act as a catalyst to positively change the mindsets and behaviour across all involved in Russian football over the next four years."

CSKA have denied allegations that a section of supporters directed monkey chants at Toure.

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