San Siro (Giuseppe Meazza)

Next Game

AC Milan v Lazio

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 17:00

Serie A

Last Game

AC Milan 0 - 2 Liverpool

Saturday, 02 August 2014, 23:30

Friendly Match

Boateng gives view on racism

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng described how he was treated like "an animal" by six Pro Patria fans accused of chanting racial abuse.

Last Updated: 20/03/13 at 13:55 Post Comment

Kevin-Prince Boateng: Was abused by Pro Patria fans

Kevin-Prince Boateng: Was abused by Pro Patria fans

In response to repeated abusive chants from a section of the crowd during a friendly game against the fourth-tier club on January 3, the former Tottenham and Portsmouth player kicked the ball into the stands before leading his team-mates off the pitch.

Boateng's actions resulted in the abandonment of the match and sparked fresh debate on the problem of racism in football, with the 26-year-old set to meet FIFA president Sepp Blatter in Zurich on Friday to discuss the issue further, having criticised the governing body for not doing more to tackle it.

The Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday reported how Boateng told judge Toni Adet Novik at a court in Busto Arsizio he had suffered similar abuse during his time in Germany, where he represented both Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund.

He said: "Every time I touched the ball I could hear chants being directed straight at me - a kind of 'buh buh' noise that you'd make at an animal.

"I think they were insulting me because my skin isn't white. It happened in Germany too and for me this is clearly racism."

Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri and full-back Daniele Bonera, who captained the Rossoneri during the ill-fated match, also testified against the accused Pro Patria fans.

"He was very shocked and saddened," Allegri said. "He was not happy over the following days.

"These are serious incidents which must not happen and the decision to interrupt the match was the right one."

Milan players Sulley Muntari, M'Baye Niang and Urby Emanuelson - who is currently on loan at Fulham - were also targeted, according to Bonera.

"He was being insulted every time he touched the ball and the (black) players were very upset," he said.

"The chants reminded me of monkey noises and I think he's intelligent enough to know the difference between a racist chant and normal teasing."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Indian Super League: Alessandro Del Piero to play for Delhi Dynamos franchise

Alessandro Del Piero will play for the Delhi Dynamos and will take up an ambassadorial role in the Indian Super League

Transfer news: West Brom closing on deal for winger Sebastian Blanco

West Brom are close to agreeing a deal to sign winger Sebastián Blanco, according to Sky sources.

Women's football: Wolfsburg captain Nadine Kessler named Best Women’s Player in Europe

Wolfsburg captain Nadine Kessler has been named Best Women’s Player in Europe at an awards ceremony in Monaco

Mail Box

Don't Forget Chelsea Also Need A Striker

With Diego Costa struggling for fitness, one Chelsea fan pipes up in the mailbox to remind us that the Blues also need a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney as captain...

A United Fan Happy To See Welbeck Go

One United fan doesn't understand all the fuss over Danny Welbeck, while we also have mails on Arsenal being Arsenal, curious transfers and how to pronounce 'Gaal'...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property