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Boyce: We could walk off

Emmerson Boyce is refusing to rule out the prospect of his Wigan side walking off the pitch if they are subjected to racial abuse in Russia this Thursday.

Last Updated: 06/11/13 at 15:26 Post Comment

Emmerson Boyce: We could walk off

Emmerson Boyce: We could walk off

Wigan take on Rubin Kazan in the Europa League just two weeks after Manchester City complained of abuse towards Yaya Toure against CSKA Moscow.

The incident resulted in UEFA closing a section of CSKA's ground and warning them as to their future conduct, and Boyce is hopeful the governing body's stance will have an effect on offending fans.

"Would we walk off? It all comes down to how bad it is," said the Wigan defender. "You see a lot of games where people complain about racism but no-one has actually walked off.

"I know AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng did it in Italy but, as a player, you just want to concentrate on the game.

"As a player sometimes you don't even hear what's going on until people point it out or you hear about it later.

"It doesn't scare me. It's all about educating. There was a message sent out by UEFA last week and we want to make a stand, showing that football is bigger than racism or people still thinking that way.

"You look to the officials to control the situation. I saw the statement from UEFA that said the stadium announcer controls the crowd so as a player we can only do what we do on the pitch and try and set an example for people watching.

"Yaya Toure handled it well in Moscow. He told the referee, he didn't respond to the crowd in terms of making gestures or anything.

"As a player, no matter how hard it is, people are always watching us for our reaction, and it's up to us as role models to rise above it and handle it the right way."

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