Sport Toure pledges help to fight racism at World Cup

09:11  13 october  2017
09:11  13 october  2017 Source:   AFP

Toure helping Aitchison to adopt Thierry Henry style of play

  Toure helping Aitchison to adopt Thierry Henry style of play Young Celtic striker Jack Aitchison is receiving tips from ex-Arsenal defender Kolo Toure on how to play like France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, according to a report from the Daily Record. Toure, who is now a coach at Celtic, spent the majority of his career playing and training with one of the world’s best ever centre-forwards and he is now passing on tips to the next generation of strikers at the Scottish champions. What makes it even better is that Aitchison is an Arsenal fan, meaning that Henry is his idea of a perfect striker. Aitchison wrote himself into Celtic history books in 2016 when he became the youngest ever goalscorer for the club against Motherwell at the tender age of 16. The teenager understands that getting to the same level as Henry is virtually impossible, but he wants to try his best to make him develop into as good a striker as possible. He said: “Kolo is probably the biggest help to me right now at Celtic. He’s trained and played with Thierry Henry so he’s been trying to tell me what he used to do – the movements he would make in games. Of course it’s hard to put into practice, especially when you’re playing against two big centre-halves.” “But that’s the only way you learn, by playing against bigger, older players.” The forward has even admitted that he watches YouTube videos of Henry to try and learn new movements which he can try to replicate when he is playing.

Paris - Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has warned that the World Cup in Russia could be a "big mess" if the tournament is blighted by racism , but vowed to help tackle the problem. Toure pledges help to fight racism .

PARIS, Oct 13 ― Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has warned that the World Cup in Russia could be a “big mess” if the tournament is blighted by racism But the former Ivory Coast international pledged his support to Fifa and the Russian government to help stamp out the issue in the lead-up to

Manchester City's midfielder Yaya Toure leaves the pitch after being substituted during the English Premier League football match against West Bromwich Albion May 16, 2017 © Provided by AFP Manchester City's midfielder Yaya Toure leaves the pitch after being substituted during the English Premier League football match against West Bromwich Albion May 16, 2017

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has warned that the World Cup in Russia could be a "big mess" if the tournament is blighted by racism, but vowed to help tackle the problem.

The 34-year-old Toure has personal experience of racial abuse in Russia after he was targeted by chants in 2013 when playing for City against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

But the former Ivory Coast international pledged his support to FIFA and the Russian government to help stamp out the issue in the lead-up to next year's finals.

Kolo Toure named Ivory Coast assistant manager

  Kolo Toure named Ivory Coast assistant manager Former Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Celtic defender Kolo Toure has just added to his workload as a coach at Celtic Park by agreeing to take the assistant manager’s job with his native Ivory Coast national team, according to the Daily Record The 36-year-old agreed to become a coach at Celtic just last month, after also agreeing a coaching role within the Ivory Coast youth setup in August this year — but his coaching career has just taken a huge leap as Marc Wilmots has persuaded him to be his assistant manager for The Elephants. Wilmots, who is Belgium’s all time-top scorer at the World Cup, was manager of the Belgian Red Devils from 2012 to 2016 but parted ways with the Belgian FA after failing to impress with a squad jam-packed with stars, such as Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Roma’s Radja Nainggolan and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne. The Belgian was named Ivory Coast manager back in March and has now called on Kolo Toure to be his assistant. The Ivory Coast are top of their qualification group for World Cup 2018 with two games left to play — so Toure will be hoping to play a part in the Elephants reaching the tournament in Russia, with a view to playing a big part in coaching success into them at the tournament. Toure played 120 times for his country, scoring seven goals between 2000 and 2015. He won the Premier League and two FA Cups with Arsenal, another Premier League medal with Manchester City and the domestic treble with Celtic, as well as being an Africa Cup of Nations winner with the Ivory Coast in 2015.

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"If racism situations are going to be involved then it is going to be a big mess," Toure said in a video posted on social media supporting a campaign combating discrimination in football.

"We have to hope and be positive on that. Everyone is talking about Russia maybe being a little bit difficult.

"But I hope that Russia surprises everybody. I want to say to FIFA and to the government in Russia as well, that if you need me I can help.

"I don't want to be involved in only talking. I want to see action and people be real. These things are very important for the future of football."

Manchester City's Yaya Toure © Getty Manchester City's Yaya Toure Brazilian striker Hulk said in July 2015 that he encountered racism in "almost every game" while playing for Zenit St Petersburg.

Brazil-born Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper Guilherme, twice capped by Russia, was recently subjected to racist chanting by Spartak Moscow fans in July's Russian Super Cup.

But Russia has vowed to ensure fans' safety when it hosts the 2018 World Cup by cracking down on both hooliganism and racism.

The country also drew praise from Germany coach Joachim Loew and FIFA president Gianni Infantino for its hosting of the Confederations Cup, which passed without incident off the field.

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