Saturday, 5 January 2013

Kelvin Boateng makes racism walkout vow

Leading international soccer player Kevin-Prince Boateng, who plays for one of Europe's top clubs, insists he will walk off in a competitive game if he is subjected to further racist abuse.

European football's reputation has been tarnished by the scourge of racism this season but on Thursday matters came to head when AC Milan star Boateng kicked the ball into the stand and walked off after a group of fans had directed monkey chants at the Ghanian international and three of his teammates during a friendly match in northern Italy.

"I don't care what game it is a friendly, Italian league or Champions League match, I would walk off again," the German-born Boateng told CNN in an exclusive interview on Friday.

The 25-year-old ripped off his shirt in disgust during the first half of Thursday's friendly against lower league Italian side Pro Patria, before being joined by his teammates and opposition players in walking off the pitch.
Boateng said, We can't ignore racism PFA chairman: Serbia should be banned "I'm sad and angry that I'm the one that has to take action," added the AC Milan midfielder, who has also played in the German and English Premier Leagues during his career.

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