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AC Milan's Boateng backed on racism stance

January 04, 2013

The world of football gave its full support to AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng's decision to walk off the pitch after he was subjected to racist chants during a friendly at Italian lower division club Pro Patria on Thursday.

Former Spurs and Portsmouth player Boateng kicked the ball into the crowd in the 25th minute of the match. He then walked off the pitch and was followed by his AC Milan team-mates. 

Boateng later tweeted: "Shame that these things still happen... #StopRacismforever." 

BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury says the issue could be football's Rosa Parks moment - Parks being an African-American civil rights activist.

 Boateng's decision has certainly been universally backed by his fellow professionals. 

World Cup winner Patrick Vieira said on Twitter: "It was brave of Kevin-Prince Boateng to do what he did today, and it was the right thing. We need to stand up and stand together. Well done." 

Reading striker Jason Roberts on Twitter: " grey area...until some real sanctions..real action is delivered.. players should walk off the pitch...enough is enough.." 

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "If the stories about KPB walking off the pitch with team-mates after being racially abused are true, fair play to him. Well done #UefaStandUp" 

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany on Twitter: "Act of racism against Boateng during Milan's friendly. How about becoming extremely intolerant towards racist idiots? They need to be told. 

"I can only salute Milan's decision to leave the pitch. Also noted that the majority of the fans were completely supportive of the players." 

Ex-England striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "That Prince-Boateng footage from the Milan game is shocking. Shame it takes a player to do that instead of the authorities being proactive." 

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: "The only way to change things is to punish the teams these vermin support. Not with meaningless fines but points!" 

AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong says on Twitter: "Great action today of my teammates backing @KPBofficial to walk off the pitch. Federation got to stand up! #StopRacism" 

In June, Uefa president Michel Platini said that any players who walked off the pitch at Euro 2012 because of racist abuse would be booked. 

Several big name Premier League players highlighted the issue of racism in the English game by refusing to wear Kick It Out T-shirts during the charity's annual campaign in October.


Source: BBC


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