Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
FLORENCE

Soccer: Boateng excited about UN anti-racism invitation

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Florence, January 17 - AC Milan's Kevin-Prince
Boateng said Thursday he was "excited" and "terrified" by his
invitation from the United Nations to take part in an event for
the International Day For the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination.
The Ghanaian midfielder was invited after leading a
walk-off during a friendly on January 3 after fans of the
opposing fourth-tier team Pro Patria directed racial jeers at
him and other black players.
"I'm excited and, in some ways, also terrified by the
invitation I received yesterday by the UN," Boateng said.
"For me it is an honour, now I have two months to prepare,"
added the player, who will make a speech of before dignitaries
at the event in Geneva on March 15.
The UN invitation came one day after a sporting judge
said the walk-off was not punishable given the unacceptable fan
behaviour at the match at Busto Arsizio, north of Milan.
Italian football has been battling racism in the stands for
a number of years after several shameful high-profile incidents.
Boateng said that in his speech, he wants to share his
thoughts about racism and his hopes that it will soon be a thing
of the past.
"(I want to say) that we are all equal and that what
happened in Busto Arsizio was a bad thing, and that now it's
gone.
"That's the past, now I look at future".
He added he is pleased with all of the support he has
received since the walk-off, including support from his
teammates.

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