Man City's Yaya Toure on receiving racist tweets: 'It's a disgrace'

Tuesday November 4th, 2014

Police are investigating racist tweets sent to Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, who told BBC Sport the social media abuse "is a disgrace."

Toure took a five-month absence from Twitter before re-activating his account on Monday. Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out said it informed police about two tweets of a racist nature after it received complaints the same day, according to BBC

"For me, it's a disgrace to be honest," Toure said of the tweets. "We need to do something to try to tell people those kinds of behavior have to stop. I want those people to understand what they're doing is wrong."

After announcing his return to Twitter, the 31-year-old sent out a tweet on Tuesday thanking fans for welcoming him back but addressing what he called an "ignorant minority."

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On Tuesday, FIFA anti-racism adviser Tokyo Sexwale said he believes it's possible that black players could boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia because of a lack of action by the Russian Football Union to punish racism.

It's not the first time Toure has said he's dealt with racism, as in 2013 he alleged he was racially abused by chants from opposing fans during a Champions League match at CSKA Moscow.

"Football doesn't have a color. We're just people from all over the world trying to enjoy the game," said Toure. "I never see this in rugby, I never see that in tennis or anything else. I don't know where it's coming from."

- Molly Geary



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