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HindustanTimes Thu,23 Oct 2014

Football

Robben penalty refusal causes stir in Bayern victory
Agencies
Munich, October 24, 2013
First Published: 23:55 IST(24/10/2013)
Last Updated: 00:06 IST(25/10/2013)
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben (left) and Rafinha during their match against Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday. (Reuters Photo)

Arjen Robben's refusal to take a penalty for Bayern Munich in defiance of coach Pep Guardiola's orders during Wednesday's 5-0 Champion League win over Viktoria Plzen was the only blot on the game for the holders.

The winger refused to take the 25th-minute spot kick awarded for a foul on him despite Guardiola's shouts of "Arjen, Arjen" from the sidelines.

On Saturday, Robben had been angered after being told not to take a penalty in the 4-1 Bundesliga win over Mainz 05 with Guardiola instead choosing Thomas Mueller, who was on the bench at the time on Wednesday.

Guardiola confirmed Robben had been his choice for the spot kick but did not comment further.

"I like it when players have character and take the ball and want to shoot the penalty," Guardiola said. "I wanted Arjen to take it," the Spaniard added.

It was up to Franck Ribery, who scored from the spot, to smooth over the incident.

"Arjen was a bit irritated," said the Frenchman. "The coach said Arjen but Arjen did not want to shoot. That is football. it can happen it's natural."

CSKA deny Toure's racism allegations
Moscow: CSKA denied Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure's allegation he was taunted by racist chants during a match in Moscow, saying they did not hear the shouts and the charge of racism was groundless.

The Ivorian international said he was the victim of racist abuse from the stands during his side's 2-1 Champions League victory at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday at the Khimki Arena on the outskirts of the Russian capital.

European soccer's governing body UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings on Thursday against the Russian club.

The issue could be embarrassing for President Vladimir Putin, who faces ethnic tensions in Russia as it prepares to host he 2014 Winter Olympics in February and the 2018 soccer World Cup.

"We are surprised and disappointed" by the racism allegations," CSKA said on their website on Thursday.

"In a thorough study of the videotape, we found no racist insults directed at the guests by CSKA fans, and the delegate confirmed this at the end of the match," said the statement, posted under a headline that read: "CSKA is against racism!"

It said there were several moments during the match when CSKA were under attack and its fans "tried to pressure the opposing side's players with boos and whistles, regardless of their race."


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