Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Soccer: Milan's Boateng grateful for solidarity over racism


Milan, January 4 - AC Milan's Kevin Prince Boateng
on Friday said he was grateful for the solidarity he received
after leading a walk-off during a friendly against a fourth-tier
side following racist abuse.
The Ghanaian midfielder picked up the ball and kicked it
towards a group of home supporters who were directing racist
jeers at him in Thursday's match against Pro Patria at Busto
Arsizio, north of Milan.
He then took off his shirt and walked off the pitch before
Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini led the rest of the team off and
the game was abandoned. Black Milan players M'Baye Niang, Urby
Emanuelson and Sulley Muntari were also targeted.
The club, the Italian Soccer Federation and the Italian
professional footballers' association all backed the players for
standing up to racism, in addition to condemning the Pro Patria
fans' behaviour.
Boateng also received solidarity via Twitter from fans and
former and current soccer stars such as Marco Materazzi, Patrick
Vieira and Shaun Wright-Phillips.
"Thank u all for the support and understanding...means a
lot!!!" Boateng said on his Twitter account on Friday.
Italian football has been battling racism in the stands for
a number of years after several shameful high-profile incidents.
Criminal and FIGC prosecutors are looking into the Pro
Patria case.

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