Manchester City captain angered by CSKA fans watching game
Vincent Kompany questions why 350 CSKA Moscow fans were allowed to watch the 2-2 draw despite racism ban
October 22nd, 2014
Manchester City threw away a two-goal lead on Tuesday night which puts a massive dent in their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League last sixteen this season.
Bayern Munich’s demolition of Roma later that evening was some consolation for City, although the 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow left a bitter taste in the mouth of Manuel Pellegrini and Vincent Kompany, the latter of whom questioned why home fans were in the stadium.
Kompany was clearly angry that CSKA supporters had been allowed to spectate despite the supposed supporter ban imposed on the Russian club due to instances of racism last season.
The captain did say: “No it didn’t have an effect on the players. 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? So it needs to be looked at, it needs to be changed, because our fans shouldn’t be punished.”
Indeed, some City fans were prevented from watching the game after renting an apartment overlooking the ground, while Kompany also felt aggrieved by some of the refereeing decisions that were made during the course of the ninety minutes.
“I mean, where’s common sense sometimes? If in the first-half – and I don’t want anyone to be sent off, let’s make that clear – you’re not giving the penalty [for an apparent foul by Sergio Ignashevich on Edin Dzeko in the area] why do you want to make a decision in the second-half [for CSKA’s penalty]?
“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.
“It’s one of those things, you know. If you don’t give it in the first-half – we can analyse it and look back and some people will say: ‘It’s a penalty’ and others will say: ‘It’s not a penalty’ and that’s their right. But if you don’t give it in the first-half, don’t try and make a decision for the sake of making a decision, let it go, and nobody says anything about it.
“Then, now, we have a discussion: Did he slip before he actually got the ball or did he then just fall over or was there contact? But the point of the matter is that first-half you’re not giving it. So why are you doing it in the second-half?”