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Friday, January 4, 2013
AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off the field in protest at racist abuse during a friendly against fourth-tier side Pro Patria yesterday.
He was followed by his team-mates and the match was abandoned. Here is a selection of the reaction.
Boateng on Twitter: “Shame that these things still happen... #StopRacismforever”
Milan midfielder Urby Emanuelson on Twitter: “That still this kind of things can happen anno 2013.. What a shame!!!!! #StopRacism”
Milan director Umberto Gandini on Twitter: “Very proud of the Milan players who decided to walk off the pitch today for racist abuse from few idiots! No racism, no stupidity!
Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: “If the stories about KPB walking off the pitch with teammate’s after being racially abused are true,fair play to him..well done #UefaStandUp”
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.”
Michael Owen on Twitter: “That Prince Boatang footage from the Milan game is shocking. Shame it takes a player to do that instead of the authorities being proactive.”
Gary Lineker on Twitter: “The only way to to change things is to punish the teams these vermin support. Not with meaningless fines but points!”