Yaya Toure has become embroiled in a social media backlash after being criticised by Manchester City supporters following a touchline embrace with Pep Guardiola moments after Wednesday’s last minute Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich.
hile team-mates including goalkeeper Joe Hart were shown being consoled by opponents in the wake of Jerome Boateng’s 90th-minute winner, Toure, who played under Guardiola during his spell at Barcelona, was pictured hugging and joking with the Bayern manager at the end of the game.
With Toure’s subdued performance in the Allianz Arena proving to be his latest below-par display since angering the club’s supporters with claims of unhappiness at the Etihad Stadium at the end of last season, the Ivory Coast midfielder now faces a battle to turn a tide of increasing frustration with his commitment to the club.
One City fan tweeted, ‘The quickest Yaya moved all night was to shake Pep’s hand,’ with another claiming that ‘Yaya cuddling Pep, just not what we want to see after his performance tonight. #lazy.’
Toure’s contribution on the pitch was highlighted by others, including one tweet which said, "What's with Yaya Toure laughing and joking with Pep at the end there?? Should have pulled ya finger out tonight instead!! Certainly not funny!!"
Having enraged supporters in May following claims by his agent, Dmitri Seluk, that City had failed to show Toure sufficient respect by failing to celebrate his 31st birthday appropriately, the player ultimately performed an about-turn following suggestions that he was ready to consider his future at the club.
But despite his insistence that he was still fully committed to City, the club rejected the opportunity to reward the player with a new contract, instead handing new terms to David Silva and Sergio Aguero.
RTE pundit Eamon Dunphy was among those criticising Yaya Toure for his conduct after the game.