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Racism claims mar City match

Manchester City’s U21 game against HNK Rijeka was abandoned after Seko Fofana was allegedly racially abused by an opposing player.

The reigning Premier League champions released a statement on Tuesday evening which read: \"Manchester City's EDS U21 game with HNK Rijeka has today been cancelled due to an alleged incident of racial abuse towards the club's young midfielder Seko Fofana by a member of the opposing team.

\"Following an alleged incident in the latter stages of the first half of the game, being played in Novigrad, Croatia, a decision was taken by the management staff to withdraw the City team from the field of play and cancel the game.

\"Club representatives in Croatia and in Manchester are liaising with officials, the match organisers and the Croatian Football Association to pursue this matter further.\"

However, HNK Rijeka released a statement on their website which read: "Manchester City coach Patrick Vieira entered the field, something was discussed with the referee and then, to the amazement of a well-filled stadium, he took his team off the pitch.

"What are the reasons? They are known only to him."

Exciting prospect Fofana is a France U19 international who joined City from Ligue 1 side FC Lorient in January 2013.