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Yaya Toure considers retirement to focus on racism issues

Former Barcelona and Manchester City star Yaya Toure is thinking of hanging up his boots.

Toure is with Qingdao Huanghai in China, and has often spoke vocally about circumstances surrounding racism in football.

Now Toure is seriously contemplating retiring so that he can focus on trying to root out the problem from the sport on a global level.

The latest incident that caused him to contemplate his future came in Italy, when Serie A officials unveiled three monkey paintings with different features as an anti-racism gesture.

"When I saw those things [Serie A monkey anti-racism paintings], of course I want to play (for) one more year maximum, but I have to retire to join FIFA to work on that because these things hurt a lot," said Toure to reporters.

"To have the feeling and to see those things is just unbelievable. I don't know how people can trust (anymore).

"I know the organisations (like) FIFA and UEFA are doing a lot just to carry on things and making things happen.

"We can talk about education because the fans are in a different way. You can sanction the clubs and make the field empty."

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