Russian league claims 'misunderstanding' in chants

Updated: October 25, 2013, 11:00 AM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- The chief executive of the Russian league says a "misunderstanding" caused the complaint that CSKA Moscow fans racially abused a player.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Sergey Cheban says he attended the Champions League match in Moscow on Wednesday but didn't hear the racist chanting.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure spoke to the referee about the chants, but nothing was done.

Cheban, in Paris on Friday for a meeting of European leagues, said through an interpreter "there was not an incident" and that "everyone hears what he wants to hear."

On Friday, UEFA said the referee failed to follow guidelines and stop the match to warn Russian fans about racist abuse. UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Moscow team, which calls the racism allegations "unfounded."


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