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Mourinho against Black players boycotting Russian World Cup

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho disagrees with Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure's belief that black players should boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia unless the country tackles racism. "I respect his opinion but I disagree," says Mourinho, ahead of his team's Premier League match against City on Sunday.

"The history of football was made equally by many races. The black players have made a fantastic contribution and when you go to the World Cup it is the biggest expression of different nationalities, races and parts of the world. The black players are very important for that.

"What's more important, the billions of people around the world who want to see that or the few thousand who go to football stadiums and show disgraceful behaviour towards black players? If I was a black player I would say the billions are more important. Let's fight the few thousand and give the billions what they want."

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