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Yaya Toure: 'Man City will be very happy with Raheem Sterling-Joe Gomez spat'

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The former Manchester City midfielder believes there has been an over-reaction.
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Yaya Toure has suggested Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola may not approve of Raheem Sterling's England ban.

England boss Gareth Southgate acted decisively after Sterling became involved in an altercation with Liverpool's Joe Gomez at St George's Park, standing the forward down from Thursday's Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro, the national side's 1,000th match.

There has been plenty of debate about the incident – which had its origins 24 hours earlier when the players clashed during a top-of-the-table Premier League clash at Anfield – with some supporting Southgate's action and others deeming it harsh.

Yaya Toure (right) is fully behind Raheem Sterling (left). (Martin Rickett/PA)

Toure sides with his former City team-mate, believing the issue has been overblown.

"Pep Guardiola could be a little bit disappointed with him (Southgate)," Toure told Sky Sports News.

"Raheem is still young and learning. If my player acted like that, being angry and showing himself like this, I would be very happy. This means he wants to win and achieve – that is important. A player without this character, for me, is nonsense.

Toure thinks Pep Guardiola might not agree with the decision (Peter Byrne/PA)

"I think people are overreacting because in training this can happen. In the game they were face to face and then straight to the international team.

"The manager does not have to be involved. It's not good for the player's mentality. Raheem is one of the best players in England at the moment."

Toure went on to point out the pressures bearing on Sterling, adding:

"For him to be in this kind of situation – with all the pressure around him and on his shoulders, he has to deal with racism, plus the fact he was playing at Anfield where the fans are booing him – it can affect him."

Toure, 36, elaborated on the theme of racial abuse of which he has bitter personal experience.

He called for more action at the top of the game and said England leaving the pitch after being subjected to vile racist taunts in last month's game in Bulgaria would have been a welcome move.

"I would have loved it. I would be happy, it would deliver the biggest message," he said.

"I think what players need to do now is just go out. Leaving the pitch will send a big message to FIFA and UEFA and show them these footballers are more important.

"There needs to be a solution, FIFA needs people who will work on this case especially."

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool17161042142849
2Leicester CityLeicester17123240112939
3Manchester CityMan City16102444192532
4Chelsea179263125629
5Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd176742116525
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd166642519624
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves165922319424
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs166553023723
9Arsenal165742424022
10Crystal Palace166461418-422
11Newcastle UnitedNewcastle176471724-722
12Burnley176382229-721
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton165472024-419
14Bournemouth175481924-519
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham175481928-919
16Everton165291928-917
17Aston Villa1743102330-715
18Southampton1743101836-1815
19Norwich CityNorwich1733111835-1712
20Watford171610932-239
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