Vincent Kompany questions presence of CSKA supporters
Vincent Kompany has hit out at the “unacceptable” presence of CSKA Moscow supporters who made a mockery of Uefa’s stadium ban during Manchester City’s Champions League draw against the Russian champions at the Khimki Arena.
City threw away a 2-0 half-time lead in Moscow to draw 2-2 with the home side – a result which leaves Manuel Pellegrini’s team struggling to qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition.
But the game was marred by a large group of vocal CSKA supporters who watched from the main stand, despite Uefa imposing a three-match ground closure on the club recently for the racist behaviour of their fans.
Although Uefa have confirmed they will investigate, CSKA coach Leonid Slutski claimed the fans were members of Uefa’s Champions Club and ‘not CSKA fans.’
But with the group singing and chanting throughout the game, City captain Kompany claims their ability to get into the ground leaves a question mark over Uefa’s attempts to stamp out racism.
“You say ‘No fans’ then all of a sudden you turn up and basically the only team that hasn’t got fans is Man City,” Kompany said. “So who’s getting punished? Who is being done for racism? Man City or Moscow, you know?
“I don’t have a problem, they will say it’s sponsors and so on and they need to give certain allocations, but why are we getting punished?
“We’ve analysed it (the game) and we know we should have done better, but things like this are unacceptable to honest. There’s just no fairness in it.”
Despite his complaints about the CSKA supporters, Kompany insists that they did not unsettle the City players in Moscow.
“No, it didn’t have an effect on the players,” Kompany said. “It doesn’t have an effect, it’s just little things when you leave with a result like this.
“Obviously you can’t deny there’s a bit of frustration, and I’m not looking for an excuse, but if you want to play it fair then, fair enough, you’ve got to let your sponsors have some tickets but why the hell do we not have any fans here?
“Why? What have our fans done wrong? It needs to be looked at, it needs to be changed, because our fans shouldn’t be punished.”
City have yet to win a game in this season’s Champions League, but rather than cite a psychological barrier, Kompany claims he and his team-mates have simply been on the wrong end of decisions.
“There’s no mental block, there’s just occasionally a number of performances that need to be better, that’s all it is,” Kompany said. “But I’m not going to follow the trend and go against my team, more than the media will do already, that’s your role.
“In my case I’m 100 per cent convinced we’ll overturn it. People forget we had a strong group stage last year, it’s not every season the same. But his year we’ve made it more difficult than it has to be.
“We know that we are better than what we showed in the second-half, but in a game of small margins, I sometimes just don’t understand what’s going on.
“I mean, where’s common sense sometimes?
“If in the first-half, you’re not giving the penalty [for perceived foul by No.4 on Dzeko] why do you want to make a decision in the second-half?
“Why don’t you just let it go? That for me is common sense. Now it’s a talking point, and obviously we can look at ourselves and it was disappointing again, but little things like this – although I do realise what we were lacking – eventually, even for someone like me who doesn’t speak up about referees, it becomes frustrating and it’s happened way too many times in this competition.
“This one really annoys me and maybe it’s on top of other things as well.”
From the Telegraph