Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Michael Vorm hopes for good experience in Russia

Michel Vorm hopes Swansea's Europa League clash with Kuban Krasnodar tonight (5pm) will see no repeat of the racist abuse Yaya Toure suffered in Russia just two weeks ago.

Toure complained that he was subjected to monkey chants during Manchester City's Champions League win at CSKA Moscow, and Uefa subsequently hit the Russian club with a partial stadium closure for their European fixture against Bayern Munich later this month.

Toure was so upset by the abuse he received that he suggested black players could boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia if such incidents were not stamped out.

Swansea are the first Barclays Premier League side to play in Russia since Toure's abuse.

Goalkeeper Vorm said: "The Toure story is something that is getting quite big, which is logical, but I just hope it doesn't happen here and is something we don't want to happen.

"This is my first time in Russia and I hope for a good experience. If something happens then the officials know what they have to do about it."

Swansea head into the fixture top of the group by a point from Valencia.

Meanwhile, Wigan boss Owen Coyle has praised Lee Nicholls for making the most of the opportunity that has come his way as the 21-year-old goalkeeper prepares to face Rubin Kazan (5pm) in only his fifth senior Latics appearance.

"He's a kid who has the opportunity to have a fantastic career," Coyle said.

"He went on loan last year and benefitted from that, there is no doubt about that. There's no doubt he's grasped his chance."

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