When AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng picked up the ball during the middle of a match against Pro Patria on Thursday and kicked it into the stands because he heard racist chants, he was taking a stand against ignorant people who feel it is their right to belittle anyone different from them.
Frankly speaking, the fans who decided that it was okay to start making racist, offensive comments towards Boateng should be lucky that all he did was kick a ball into the stands and walk off the field.
According to the report from Richard Arrowsmith of the Daily Mirror, it was just a small section of the crowd that was chanting and AC Milan made the decision to stop the match after just 26 minutes.
Former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng left the field in protest after suffering what his club AC Milan described at racist abuse during a friendly today.
Pro Patria's Dario Alberto Polverini attempted to talk to Boateng as he departed, but the midfielder carried on walking and the rest of the players and officials followed him off the pitch.
Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini spoke to the media (via ACMilan.com) after the match was called off, saying that this was about more than just the safety of the players. It was about sending a message that this kind of behavior is unacceptable and does not go unnoticed.
It is disappointing for everybody who was at the stadium, but it was necessary to give a strong signal. Milan will attempt to return to Busto Arsizio, especially for the children and those who had nothing to do with racism. However, it was important to send out a clear signal.
Too often does this sport make headlines for non-sport incidents involving racism, instead of the product that is on the field.
The sport has to take a hard stance to figure out how to try to prevent incidents like this from happening, both on the field and in the stands.
Crowds at these matches tend to be raucous and passionate, but that is no excuse for making racist comments towards anyone. If you want to antagonize a player, keep it clean and fair. These are human beings and it shouldn't be that hard to act civil. It is just a sporting event, nothing more.
Boateng and AC Milan were absolutely 100 percent in the right for taking the steps they did in this match.
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