AC Milan player Kevin Prince Boateng stopped a friendly game between his team and fourth-tier Italian side Pro Patria today January 3, 2013 when racist chants were directed at him and fellow black players.
After repeated chants directed his way, the Ghana midfielder picked up the ball and kicked it at a section of the crowd in the 26th minute of the first half, reports the Association Press.
A YouTube video shows Boateng took off his shirt and walked off the pitch with his Milan teammates.
“Walking off was the right choice when faced with something like this,” AP quoted Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri as saying.
Meanwhile, English Premier League players have praised KP Boateng for his walk-off.
Manchester United Rio Ferdinand who is a known anti-racism campaigner, wrote on Twitter “If the stories about KPB walking off the pitch with teammate’s after being racially abused are true, fair play to him..well done #UefaStandUp”.
Stoke City and former Liverpool star Michael Owen has also praised Boateng. “That Prince Boateng footage from the Milan game is shocking. Shame it takes a player to do that instead of the authorities being proactive,” Owen wrote on Twitter.
By Ekow Quandzie
Watch how KP Boateng stopped the Milan game