Manchester City and Belgium Captain Vincent Kompany believes his club were punished unfairly by UEFA following the decision to order CSKA Moscow to play three Champions League games behind closed doors.
Following Manchester City’s frurstrating 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow at The Arena Khimki in which his club threw away a two goal lead, Kompany voiced his criticism with the punishment suggesting that it was unfair on the fans of the opposing team who had essentially done nothing wrong.
Pre-empting suggestions that he was using the incident as a scapegoat for his side’s poor performance the defender said “We’ve analysed it [the match] and we know we should have done better, but things like this are unacceptable to honest. There’s just no fairness in it.”
“Why the hell do we not have any fans here? What have our fans done wrong? There’s no fairness in it”.
With the three game punishment handed out to the Russian Club on the grounds of racist behaviour of the fans, UEFA’s prematch “Respect” campaign was somewhat undermined with the blanket ban on supporters not fully imposed.
Inside the stadium there were around 360 spectators in attendance with many appearing to be fans of CSKA Moscow as evidenced by the vocal support the team received throughout as well as the banners, something which appeared to be the main bone of contention for Kompany.
“You say no fans, all of a sudden you turn up and the team who has no fans is Man City. So who’s getting punished? Who’s being done for racism, Man City or Moscow?”.
With UEFA stating that “no rules on fans broken” City will have to move on, with the Sky Blues sitting third in the group on two points with three match remaining including two at The Etihad and one away trip to Stadio Olimpico.