Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on Tuesday expressed deep disappointment over FIFA's decision to disband its anti-racism task force, saying it "makes no sense".[/B][/SIZ
The FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination, founded in 2013, was discontinued on Sunday, with the world governing body explaining it had achieved its stated objectives.
Toure was a consultant to the task force and he cited fears about the risk of racism at the 2018 World Cup in Russia as a reason for FIFA to remain vigilant.
"When I received the letter telling me the FIFA task force was to be discontinued I was very disappointed," the Ivorian midfielder said in a statement on his personal website.
"The letter listed the good work that had been carried out as a result of the task force's advice and recommendations.
"So my question is, after failing to deal with racism sufficiently for decades -- why stop when something is beginning to work? Are FIFA being complacent ahead of a World Cup in Russia? This makes no sense."
He added: "The task force brought together the expertise of campaigners, football administrators and players. It was a resource that gave FIFA the expertise they clearly did not have before.
"My only hope is that FIFA have thought this through. The letter I received does not fill me with confidence. It will be the fans and players that suffer if FIFA do not get this right."