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Toure: Uefa Probe Into 'Russia Monkey Chants'
Uefa president Michel Platini has ordered an immediate investigation into its handling of Yaya Toure's alleged racist abuse in Russia.
The Manchester City skipper says he was the target of monkey chants during his team's 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Uefa have charged the Russian side for their fans' behaviour, although the club denies there was any racism, and they will face a disciplinary hearing on October 30.
Now European football's governing body has launched an internal probe to find out why Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan did not stop play and ask officials to broadcast a warning.
This is the first step in Uefa's three-step protocol for dealing with racist incidents.
If abuse continues, the second step is for the referee to suspend a match and take teams off the pitch. The third step is abandoning the match.
Platini's investigation puts pressure on Hategan, 33, as well as the Russian club.
TV footage showed a group of topless CSKA fans at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium waving their arms and chanting in a way that Toure found "unbelievable".
The Ivory Coast midfielder said he told Hategan about the alleged monkey noises, but he did not stop play and follow Uefa's guidelines.
Uefa said it will publish the findings of its internal investigation after CSKA's disciplinary case on Wednesday.
Earlier, Toure warned Russia that black players may boycott the 2018 World Cup unless it tackles racism in the stands.
The 30-year-old, who was wearing a 'No to racism' armband during the match, spoke of his disgust at hearing the chants.
He told Russian news agency RIA Novosti: "If we aren't confident at the World Cup coming to Russia, we don't come."
Piara Powar, executive director of European anti-discrimination body FARE and a Fifa anti-discrimination task force member, praised Toure for speaking out.
He described Russian club football as "dire" and fuelled by far-right extremists.
FARE has identified banners supporting the Greek far-right party Golden Dawn - which has a swastika-like symbol - being displayed in several stadiums in eastern Europe and in Moscow on Wednesday.
CSKA issued a statement saying they were "surprised and disappointed" by Toure's allegations.