Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Russian spies planted in the Etihad

Russian translators will be deployed in the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night to crack down on any racist abuse from CSKA fans.

Monkey noises were aimed at Yaya Toure when Manchester City played in Moscow two weeks ago and the Russian club have since been charged by UEFA.

But the trouble has continued, with a flight of drunken away supporters being forced to make an unscheduled landing as well as an outbreak of racist slurs aimed at Toure on fan forums.

Interpreters will be monitoring the behaviour of the 800 Russian supporters that are expected at the Champions League tie.

Any abuse will be reported to the fourth official who, if warranted, could order for the teams to be removed from the field.

'We have translators who will liaise with police from Russia and visiting fans in the city before the game,' Chief Inspector Gareth Parkin, the match commander, told the Manchester Evening News.

'They will then come to the stadium and if they hear any racist abuse the match officials does not we can communicate a message via the fourth official.'

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