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Pro Patria punished over Boateng abuse

Italian minnows to play one game behind closed doors because of racism

  • Reuters
  • Published: 14:16 January 9, 2013
  • Gulf News

Milan: Italian fourth-tier side Pro Patria must play their next home league match behind closed doors after fans racially abused AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng, the league said on Tuesday.

Boateng walked off the pitch in last week’s friendly because of monkey chants and his teammates followed him, drawing widespread praise across the game.

An Italian lower league (Lega Pro) statement said the taunts were “clearly racial discrimination” and deserved an immediate one-game stadium ban.

Italian soccer federation president Giancarlo Abete, whose organisation has long battled racism among fans, told reporters that officials could act in the future before players have to.

“If it is necessary to suspend the game, we will do it to stop this phenomenon,” he said.

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