London - Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on Tuesday
expressed deep disappointment over FIFA's decision to disband its anti-racism
task force, saying it "makes no sense".
The FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination,
founded in 2013, was discontinued on Sunday, with the world governing body
explaining it had achieved its stated objectives.
Toure was a consultant to the task force and he cited fears
about the risk of racism at the 2018 World Cup in Russia as a reason for FIFA
to remain vigilant.
"When I received the letter telling me the FIFA task
force was to be discontinued I was very disappointed," the Ivorian
midfielder said in a statement on his personal website.
"The letter listed the good work that had been carried
out as a result of the task force's advice and recommendations.
"So my question is, after failing to deal with racism
sufficiently for decades - why stop when something is beginning to work? Are
FIFA being complacent ahead of a World Cup in Russia? This makes no
He added: "The task force brought together the
expertise of campaigners, football administrators and players. It was a
resource that gave FIFA the expertise they clearly did not have before.
"My only hope is that FIFA have thought this through. The letter I received does not fill me with confidence. It will be the fans and players that suffer if FIFA do not get this right."