Yaya Toure has opined that world’s Football governing body FIFA is not doing enough to curb racism and that England should have walked off the pitch in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria during the international break.
The 36-year-old former Ivory Coast international made the comments in a chat with AFP after Qingdao Huangchi secured promotion to the Chinese Super League during the weekend.
It can be recalled that England’s qualifier against Bulgaria was marred by controversies. Yaya Toure said: “This is a shame, why are you playing for England?”
Toure has never failed to share his thoughts on the racism problem in football. He said: “They are always talking, ‘Blah, blah, blah’, and what? Nothing changes.”
“People from FIFA don’t care anyway because we’ve been talking about this, but it’s still continuing.
“I don’t want to say that I’m not concerned, I’m concerned,” said the former Ivory Coast international.
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Speaking about the praises his former Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling has been receiving for his prominent role in calling out the racists both home and abroad, the four-time-African-footballer-of-the-year said: “not good enough”.
He added that it’s time that players took a more decisive action on the issue:
“They have to be serious about it, players need to make serious moves about it otherwise they (the racists) will continue to do that”.
“They have to get the players out of the field.”
Meanwhile, FIFA are yet to make any response to AFP’s request for the comment – ‘They respect nobody’
Yaya Toure made the comments shortly after playing a significant role in Qingdao’s 2 nil win against Shanghai Shenxin on Saturday in a game that attracted few spectators.
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The victory ensured their promotion to the top-tier Chinese Super League although he is unlikely to make the move up with them when the time comes.
“I think I’ll finish in December or January, then go, have another challenge,” he said, as he vowed to play the game until he is 40.
“People are thinking that I’m done, but I’m not done yet,” he said.
He added that he has enjoyed his time thus far in the Chinese Super League whilst pointing out that he had not experienced any form of discrimination in the country.
“It’s been a nice experience because I’ve seen people with a different mentality from Europe — the way to play football, the way they feel and their behaviour on the field,” he said.
“When I play in the stadiums, nobody boos me because I’m black, it’s a different culture, they respect.
“In Europe, they respect nobody.”
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