EXCLUSIVE: Fernandinho prepared to join City team-mate Toure in World Cup boycott

By John Edwards

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Fernandinho has backed Yaya Toure’s stance against Russia’s racists and revealed he is ready to join his Manchester City team-mate in boycotting the 2018 World Cup.

City’s Brazil midfielder urged UEFA and FIFA to eradicate racism from Russia’s stadiums and stressed he hoped it could be done in time to safeguard the 2018 showpiece from the threat of mass withdrawals.

But he insisted he would have no hesitation staying away, if he felt they had failed to address a problem that overshadowed Wednesday’s Champions’ League win over CSKA Moscow in the Khimki Arena.

Support: Fernandinho (right) says he is prepared to boycott the 2018 World Cup with Yaya Toure

Support: Fernandinho (right) says he is prepared to boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia with Yaya Toure

Targeted: Yaya Toure was racially abused by sections of the CSKA Moscow support on Wednesday night

Targeted: Yaya Toure was racially abused by sections of the CSKA Moscow support on Wednesday night

UEFA have started disciplinary proceedings against CSKA, after City and Toure complained about monkey chants aimed at him, and Fernandinho described how the ordeal had left the Ivory Coast midfielder at a low ebb.

Confirming that he is prepared to join the boycott, if necessary, Fernandinho told Brazilian news agency Lancenet: ‘Yaya was sad and feeling really down when we met back at the training ground in Carrington on Friday.

Something needs to be done: Fernandinho insists action needs to be taken to end racism in the game

Something needs to be done: Fernandinho insists action needs to be taken to end racism in the game

‘It's unbelievable that in 2013 we still have to deal with these kinds of things. I didn't hear or see anything during the game, but when I saw Yaya at Carrington, it was all he was talking about it. It's about time someone did something to end racism in the game, once and for all.

‘Yaya said a few things about starting a boycott of the 2018 World Cup. I hope it doesn't come to that, because we wouldn't want to deprive the World Cup of such a talented guy as him. But we need UEFA and FIFA to act, and I am quite clear in my mind. If by 2018 nothing changes, I will support the boycott.’

 

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Come on.. Djibril Cissť from Kuban Krasnodar was offended by english fans Swansea City. But he doen't ask all black footballers to do boycott the APL. Circus..

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Your title on this article in the boycott of Brazil is totally wrong. the boycott they are considering is the 2018 world cup in Russia!!

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He didn't see or hear anything during the game but is prepared to boycott the World Cup, what tripe I guarantee he will be there as will other black players and they will get racially abused too as FIFA will do nothing

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Incredibly, it seems that only rich footballers can afford to claim that they are victims of racism in this world.

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Well tbh he isn't going to be in the Brazil starting 11 in 2018 so why not boycott it!

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the racists will always exist just have to be strong. CTID

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Time to take a stand. Racists shouldn't have the pleasure of seeing his talent. I hope more follow suit & useless Blatter is forced to finally do something.

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Why do you even want to boycott, it's not like you're going to play in that tournament. Speak big for just a mediocre player, you should realise now that you're nowhere the quality of City player and as well as Brazil. 5 caps really tells it all eh?

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No1 cares, as he wont even make the team

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He won't even be there anyway LOL

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