PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Manchester City alleges its players were racially abused during its Europa League win over Porto on Thursday and has told the matchday official for European soccer's governing body the team will lodge a complaint.
Forward Mario Balotelli, who is black, told City he heard abusive chants from the crowd during the 2-1 win, and midfielder Yaya Toure backed him up.
City manager Roberto Mancini said immediately after the match he hadn't heard any racist abuse, and the players hadn't mentioned anything to him.
But Toure told Sky Sports News he "heard something."
He said, "that's why we all like the Premier League, because it never happens there. Maybe in foreign countries they don't expect black players."