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AC Milan players walk out of friendly following racist chants

Jan 3, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

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Sad to report that 2013 will begin with little apparent progress in wiping sorry racism from the game.

This morning comes the disturbing – but not altogether surprising, if we’re being honest – story out of Italy, where the latest ugliness unfolded at a friendly between high-profile AC Milan and Italian fourth division club Pro Patria.

Ghanaian international Kevin-Prince Boateng and several black players were targeted by an element of Pro Patria supporters.

This story has one positive aspect: Boateng’s response. Visibly upset by the racist chants, Boateng led his team off the field.

What Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri told reporters afterward:

We are disappointed and saddened by what has happened. Milan play for the right to respect all players. We need to stop these uncivilized gestures.

“We are sorry for all the other fans who came here for a beautiful day of sport. We promise to return, and we are sorry for the club and players of Pro Patria, but we could not make any other decision.

“I hope it can be an important signal.”

  1. valiantdraws - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Good for Milan. I wouldn’t have promised to return, though. Fuck Pro Patria.

  2. charliej11 - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    ….meanwhile Blatter is busy criticizing MLS for not doing a good job.

    Great job by ACM.

  3. wesbadia - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    This is the type of free and radical action that needs to be taken by individuals and groups of individuals when they encounter the actions and attitudes of other individuals that they disagree with. Instead of running to Nanny and pleading for vindication through the heavy hand of the law, mere acts of non-violence are all it takes.

    If Pro Patria or any other club wishes to continue this type of attitude in the future, then they’ll have to suffer the consequences of not carrying out the business of why everyone’s on that field to begin with.

    The free market at work.

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