Vincent Kompany Criticises UEFA Over Moscow Stadium Ban

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has risked punishment from UEFA after he criticised the decision to not let any Manchester City fans travel to Moscow. City played CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night behind closed doors after the Russian club were punished for the racist behaviour of their fans earlier in the competition.

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​​​​The match ended 2-2 after City surrendered a two-goal lead, given to them by goals from Sergio Aguero and James Milner in the first half. After pulling the match back to 2-1, CSKA won a questionable penalty late on to take a point.

City are now in danger of missing out on the knockout stages of the Champions League altogether, but were handed a boost as Roma were pulverised 7-1 by Bayern Munich later in the night. City need to beat CSKA in the return fixture to put themselves back in contention.

​​But while Kompany insisted the club will analyse how to improve following the match, he chose to focus on the fact that no Manchester City fans were allowed access to the stadium for the match.

​​The Belgian has argued that City have done nothing wrong, so it is unfair for them to get punished in the same way as their Russian opponents.

He told ​Sky Sports: ​“It was supposed to be a game without fans, but there were still 500 fans there, cheering them on. That is not a problem but I don’t understand where our fans are then. Why can we not bring our fans?

I feel like the only team being punished here today was Man City. I think sometimes we need to speak up. It’s nonsense. They are the team that gone done for racism, not Man City. Why can’t our fans come?

“It didn’t affect us but fair is fair and maybe now is the time to say it, to speak up.

“I am not shying away from anything that happened, with the performance we put in today, I understand everything. We will make the analysis of how we should improve but those little things, they shouldn’t happen.”

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