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SBD Global/January 4, 2013/International Football
Racist Chants Force AC Milan Players To Walk Off Pitch During Game
Published January 4, 2013
PLENTY OF SUPPORT: The BBC noted there had been "appeals for the abuse to stop from the public address announcer." Other players, including Man City captain Vincent Kompany, "threw in their support behind Boateng and his teammates." Kompany said, "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." Football Against Racism in Europe Exec Dir Piara Powar called for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) "to take strong action." Powar said, "Italy, as much as any country in Europe, has a serious problem of racism to deal with. Football infrastructure is in need of renewal and at serious odds with the changing nature of Italian society" (BBC, 1/3).