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Yaya fears racism ahead of World Cup in Russia

The Manchester City midfielder is worried that the showpiece tournament can be ruined by racists.

Yaya Toure has expressed his concerns about racism ahead of the 2018 World Cup that will take place in Russia. The Cote d’Ivoire international was a subject of racists chants by CSKA Moscow’s fans during a Champions League game earlier this season, which lead to partial closure of VEB Arena and a FIFA charge for the Russian club.

Yaya has encouraged the governing body of football to be proactive when it comes to shutting down racism and even suggested he could lend his support to the cause.

“I have been abused by racism and because those things happened to me, I try to be involved and I want to help those people who don’t have a voice to control this situation,” Toure stated in ‘Football People’.

“For me to defend an African boy in this situation is a blessing.

“What we are looking to do is to try and stop those idiotic people doing that. We have to be focused and have fair play everywhere.

“If racism situations are going to be involved then it is going to be a big mess. We have to hope and be positive about that.”