City’s Yaya Toure spits the dummy after award shun

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has reacted with anger after being overlooked in the African Player of the Year awards.

The Ivory Coast international had won the individual player accolade for the four previous years but was beaten into second place this year by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Borussia Dortmund striker has been hitting the back of the net with regularity over the last 12 months, scoring 18 times in the Bundesliga so far this term.

Toure led his national side to the African Cup of Nations crown for the first time since 1992 in January last year and as such was the favourite to pick up the crown.

However after being overlooked the City stalwart has reacted with rage.

“I think that’s what makes the shame of Africa,” BBC Sport quote him as saying.

“To behave in this way is indecent! But what can we do? We Africans, we do not show that Africa is important to us.

“We give more priority to what’s going on elsewhere than in our own continent. This is what is appalling.”

Toure has shown in the past that his attitude can be questionable, with a spat with City after the Premier League club did not celebrate his birthday.

Swansea forward Andre Ayew finished third in the yearly awards, with the Ghana international also expressed surprise at Aubameyang’s triumph.