English Premiership

Kompany calls UEFA probe 'a joke'

2015-11-02 09:03
Vincent Kompany (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Vincent Kompany has launched a staunch defence of Manchester City's fans in the wake of UEFA launching an investigation into the booing of the Champions League anthem by the club's supporters, British media reported.

European football's governing body launched disciplinary proceedings against City under regulations concerning the "disruption of the competition anthem" for the incident before the Premier League club's 2-1 home win over Sevilla.

"There is nothing holy about the Champions League anthem," Kompany said.

"It's a joke. We have played many games in Europe where there has been racial abuse - we have had to put up with it."

City's fans are frustrated with UEFA over the organisation's decision to play a Champions League match against CSKA Moscow behind closed doors last year because of a series of offences, including racial abuse, from the Russian club's fans.

City supporters who paid to travel to Moscow for the game were not compensated by UEFA, while some CSKA fans were reported to have attended the fixture.

"UEFA can do what they want to do, but in the end if people feel it's the right thing to do, they have the right to do it," the City captain said.

"How else can they show their frustration and somehow have a voice that matters?

"The fact that we were given the sanction is actually drawing more attention to what they are trying to do. We support our fans," the 29-year-old added.

UEFA's disciplinary body will consider the case against City on Nov. 19 and a charge could follow.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

22 October 2016
Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur, Vitality Stadium 13:30
Arsenal v Middlesbrough, Emirates Stadium 16:00
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 16:00
Swansea City v Watford, Liberty Stadium 16:00
West Ham United v Sunderland, Olympic Stadium 16:00
Hull City v Stoke City, The KC Stadium 16:00
Burnley v Everton, Turf Moor 16:00
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion, Anfield 18:30
23 October 2016
Manchester City v Southampton, Etihad Stadium 14:30
Chelsea v Manchester United, Stamford Bridge 17:00
29 October 2016
Sunderland v Arsenal, Stadium of Light 13:30
Manchester United v Burnley, Old Trafford 16:00
Middlesbrough v Bournemouth, Riverside Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 16:00
Watford v Hull City, Vicarage Road 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, White Hart Lane 16:00
Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Selhurst Park 18:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Will Jose Mourinho lead Manchester United to the English Premiership title in 2016/17?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.