Manchester City’s Yaya Toure faced racist chants during his team’s match against CSKA Moscow. (Getty Images)
Racism in European Football
CNN International covers the “haunting” return of racist behavior to European football: “Manchester City’s Yaya Toure was subjected to ‘monkey chants’ during his side’s 2-1 Champions League win against CSKA Moscow in Russia.” CNN explores other incidents of racism that have occurred throughout European football’s history.
Since Wednesday, CSKA Moscow have denied the incident. “There is no subject to discuss,” CSKA deputy media manager Michael Sanadze told Sky Sports. “Nothing special happened.”
However, The Guardian reports that UEFA will charge CSKA Moscow with “racist behaviour of their fans.” The case will be dealt with reportedly on October 30. In the lead up to the case, The Guardian also investigates incidents of racism within European football.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography is causing a stir in the football world . (Getty Images)
Sir Alex Ferguson previewed his autobiography this week in which he discusses his relationship with United great Roy Keane, “Pizzagate,” Manchester City and much more. The Guardian has “10 things learned” from Ferguson’s book.
Express writer James Dickenson discusses Vieira, Ozil, Ronaldinho and the “unanswered questions” from Ferguson’s autobiography.
Reaction to Euro Play-offs for Brazil 2014
The Telegraph’s Kristian Walsh predicts that without Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, “football is the loser.”
Martin Coake asks whether “Brazil 2014 will be the last time the football World Cup matters.” Coake claims that the “dominance of the global club brands, the bloated finals tournament and lack of surprise factor together with distaste for FIFA” detracts from the relevance of the World Cup.
ESPN FC’s John Duerden reports on “worrying times for Asia’s World Cup hopefuls.”
In Other News
Qatari Deputy Labor Minister Hussein Al Mulla was not happy with a recent investigation featured in The Guardian. (Getty Images)
The Guardian’s John Crace recounts witnessing the flare that hit a linesman at a match between Tottenham and Aston Villa. “It’s tempting to dismiss the incident as a one-off,” Crace writes. He calls on football authorities to tighten control over fans who bring flares into stadiums. “The lines between good-natured fanaticism and violence can be very thin,” Crace writes. “In the right hands, a flare may be perfectly safe. But give one to an idiot…”
Pravda.ru asks, “Will the 2018 World Cup be Russia’s greatest economic disaster?”
Irfan Husain explores a conflict between Qatari Deputy Labor Minister Hussein Al Mulla and The Guardian. Husain writes, “The newspaper’s crime? Last month, it published an investigative report about the tiny emirate’s treatment of its expatriate labor force, focusing on the fate of Nepalese workers.” The Guardian searched through Nepalese embassy records and discovered that 44 workers had died between June 4 and August 8. Husain delves deeper into corruption surrounding the Qatar World Cup as organizers and officials continue “building on blood.”