Boyce ready for Russian test

06 November 2013 12:47
Latics captain Emmerson Boyce is ready for the Russian test in Rubin tomorrow evening.

The 34 year old is ready to face Rubin Kazan as the Latics look to add further points to their already healthy tally in the Europa League group stage.

Following the antics of CSKA Moscow supporters a fortnight ago, where they racially abused Yaya Toure of Manchester City, Boyce is well prepared.

"Would we walk off? It all comes down to how bad it is," said the 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."

A point for the Latics would be a great result in the quest for qualification of the knock out phases. Hopefully the focus will be on the football.



World Cup Group G

England 2 0 0 6 6
Belgium 2 0 0 6 6
Tunisa 0 0 2 -4 0
Panama 0 0 2 -8 0
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