Russia to accept UEFA sanctions if probe obtains proof of racism - minister

Russia would accept potential UEFA sanctions against CSKA for alleged racist chants that targeted Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure during a match between the two clubs in Moscow on Wednesday if incontrovertible evidence of the alleged insults is obtained, Russia's sports minister has announced.

Russia would accept potential UEFA sanctions against CSKA for alleged racist chants that targeted Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure during a match between the two clubs in Moscow on Wednesday if incontrovertible evidence of the alleged insults is obtained, Russia's sports minister has announced.

If it is proved that Toure, who is Ivorian, was telling the truth when he complained that fans had yelled racist abuse at him, it will be only fair that both CSKA and the management of Khimki Stadium are punished, Vitaly Mutko told the AFP news agency.

However, it was the right of the referee to suspend or even cancel Wednesday's Champions League game if the alleged insults were a fact, but the referee didn't do so, Mutko said.

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against CSKA with the case to be heard on October 30.

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