Yaya Toure's astonishing Guardiola claim: Pep has a problem with African players

Ruben Hill
June 4, 2018

Yaya Toure has accused Pep Guardiola of mistreating African players and claims the Manchester City manager "spoiled" his final season at the Etihad Stadium.

UEFA has also ordered Zenit St Petersburg to play their next European home game behind closed doors after the Russian club were found to have committed a number of violations, including racist behaviour by their supporters. I'm not the first, other Barcelona players asked the question too.

Former Ivory Coast global Toure endured a strained relationship with Guardiola following the latter's appointment as Citizens head coach in 2016 as he fell well down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium. I don't like that kind of relationship.

"When we realise that he often has problems with Africans wherever he goes, I ask myself questions".

'I don't know why but I have the impression that he was jealous, he took me for a rival'.

Guardiola will miss City's first game of the Champions League next season, although a second match will only be added if he receives disciplinary action for a further offence next season. Like all players, I have bickered with my coaches.

"As someone proud, he wants to succeed with his players, those he has chosen and not those who have been chosen by others. That will be useful to you as an apprenticeship for you future trade.' What I wanted wasn't to start my retraining but to play football because I feel I can still do it".

"I have tried to understand - I politely asked the fitness staff for my statistics and when I discovered that they were as good, sometimes even better, across training session and matches, than those who were playing and younger than me, I understood that this was not a physical question", Toure said. Do you really think he could have been like that with Andres Iniesta?

'He stole my farewell with City, a club with lovely fans.

'I would have liked to leave with emotion of this club the way Iniesta [left Barcelona] or Gianluigi Buffon [left Juventus]. But Pep prevented me'.

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