FIFA Investigates Racist Abuse In European Soccer Match
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA President Michel Platini has ordered an investigation after a Champions League referee failed to follow guidelines and stop a match to warn Russian fans about racist abuse.
UEFA said on Friday its protocol for match officials to handle racism incidents “was not applied” during the CSKA Moscow-Manchester City match on Wednesday.
The organization asks referees to “stop the match and ask for a public address system announcement to be made” when racist chants or displays occur.
Platini’s request puts 33-year-old Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan under scrutiny as well as the Russian club. UEFA has opened a disciplinary case against CSKA, prompted by complaints by Man City and midfielder Yaya Toure, who is black.
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