Toure criticises Fifa over anti-racism taskforce decision

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says players and fans may “suffer” as a result of a Fifa’s decision to disband its anti-racism taskforce.

Toure, 33, was part of the taskforce set up in 2013 to help tackle racism.

Fifa secretary general Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura said it “had a specific mandate, which it has fully fulfilled”.

Toure, who was racially abused by CSKA Moscow fans in October 2013, said: “Are Fifa being complacent ahead of a World Cup in Russia?”

The former Ivory Coast international added: “It will be the fans and players that suffer if Fifa do not get this right.

“When I received the letter telling me the Fifa taskforce was to be discontinued I was very disappointed.

“The letter listed the good work that had been carried out as a result of the taskforce’s advice and recommendations.

“So my question is, after failing to deal with racism sufficiently for decades, why stop when something is beginning to work?”

Following the racist abuse he received during City’s 2013 Champions League game in Moscow, Toure suggested that black players might boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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