(Image source: Maestr021Channel / YouTube)

BY JIM FLINK

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS


So much for a friendly match.

When AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng heard racists taunts directed by Pro Patria fans in Italy, he decided to draw a line. Take a look at the video from AC Milan’s website...

Milan's website reported three other players of African descent were all targets of racist abuse during the match.  Furious at the taunts, Boateng kicked the ball into the stands and walked off the pitch, his teammates following behind him.

Racist taunts in soccer are not new.
Across Europe and elsewhere, various league governing bodies have tried in vain to punish both players and fan bases who engage in racist taunts. The New York Times reports, in that respect, this game offered much the same from the ugly side of the world sport.

“Fans in the same part of the stadium had directed monkey chants at another Ghanaian player, Sulley Muntari, just minutes earlier … The Pro Patria players said later that they had tried and failed to convince about a dozen fans to stop the racist abuse...”

The game was suspended, and Boateng took to Twitter to defend his choice to quit, rather than endure the racist barrage.

“Shame that these things still happen...#StopRacismforever

Former player Patrick Vieira responded in support...


@KPBofficial well done bro #salute #StopRacismForever

As did one of the journalists who covers the sport...

@KPBofficial You did everyone proud. Sei grande

Whether Boateng’s stand will have any long term effect on the sport, or on the all-too common practice of racist taunting is very much in doubt.  

After this fight which erupted as the result of racial taunting in a U-21 game between Serbia and England last October, EUFA stepped in, but critics say, only tepidly.  CNN notes, past efforts to curb racism have been less than stellar.  Even the governing bodies themselves, fight over how to police and enforce violations.

“In December UEFA appealed the decision of its own disciplinary committee after the Serbian Football Association was fined $105,000 for improper conduct ...  That fine was far less than that handed out to Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner, who was forced to pay $125,800 for exposing boxer shorts with the logo of an online betting company during the European Championship Finals.”

The Guardian says Boateng’s actions are a logical next step in a sport that won’t police itself.

“When nothing meaningful changes, when words appear to fall on deliberately deaf ears, when punishments are forgotten as quickly as a hastily written cheque, when the authorities do not help, eventually there comes a time for direct action.”
 

AC Milan Player Walks off Pitch Protesting Racist Taunts

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Jan 3, 2013

AC Milan Player Walks off Pitch Protesting Racist Taunts

(Image source: Maestr021Channel / YouTube)

BY JIM FLINK

ANCHOR JAMAL ANDRESS


So much for a friendly match.

When AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng heard racists taunts directed by Pro Patria fans in Italy, he decided to draw a line. Take a look at the video from AC Milan’s website...

Milan's website reported three other players of African descent were all targets of racist abuse during the match.  Furious at the taunts, Boateng kicked the ball into the stands and walked off the pitch, his teammates following behind him.

Racist taunts in soccer are not new.
Across Europe and elsewhere, various league governing bodies have tried in vain to punish both players and fan bases who engage in racist taunts. The New York Times reports, in that respect, this game offered much the same from the ugly side of the world sport.

“Fans in the same part of the stadium had directed monkey chants at another Ghanaian player, Sulley Muntari, just minutes earlier … The Pro Patria players said later that they had tried and failed to convince about a dozen fans to stop the racist abuse...”

The game was suspended, and Boateng took to Twitter to defend his choice to quit, rather than endure the racist barrage.

“Shame that these things still happen...#StopRacismforever

Former player Patrick Vieira responded in support...


@KPBofficial well done bro #salute #StopRacismForever

As did one of the journalists who covers the sport...

@KPBofficial You did everyone proud. Sei grande

Whether Boateng’s stand will have any long term effect on the sport, or on the all-too common practice of racist taunting is very much in doubt.  

After this fight which erupted as the result of racial taunting in a U-21 game between Serbia and England last October, EUFA stepped in, but critics say, only tepidly.  CNN notes, past efforts to curb racism have been less than stellar.  Even the governing bodies themselves, fight over how to police and enforce violations.

“In December UEFA appealed the decision of its own disciplinary committee after the Serbian Football Association was fined $105,000 for improper conduct ...  That fine was far less than that handed out to Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner, who was forced to pay $125,800 for exposing boxer shorts with the logo of an online betting company during the European Championship Finals.”

The Guardian says Boateng’s actions are a logical next step in a sport that won’t police itself.

“When nothing meaningful changes, when words appear to fall on deliberately deaf ears, when punishments are forgotten as quickly as a hastily written cheque, when the authorities do not help, eventually there comes a time for direct action.”
 

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