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AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng weighs up future in Italy after racism walk-off

Published on: 05 January 2013

AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng is weighing up his future in Italy after being subjected to racist chants in midweek.

The 25-year-old Ghana international walked off the pitch, along with his team-mates, in protest at abuse from fans during a friendly on Thursday against Italian lower division club Pro Patria.

Boateng has been publicly backed by several high-profile players, as well as his club, with Milan president Silvio Berlusconi insisting his players would always walk off the pitch if they suffered more racism.

"I don't care what game it is - a friendly, Serie A or Champions League match, I'd walk off the pitch again and I think everyone would support me," said Boateng who demanded more action from FIFA and UEFA to do more to tackle the problem.

When asked whether the incident might force his departure from Serie A, the former Tottenham and Portsmouth star told Germany's Bild newspaper: "It's not something which you can just shake off.

"I will sleep on it for the next three nights and then sit down with my agent Roger Wittmann next week.

"We will have to see if it's really worth carrying on playing in Italy."

The Italian FA announced that they would conduct an immediate investigation while Boateng, who is contracted at San Siro until 2014, has received widespread support from around the football world.

The midfielder said he was "proud" that his team-mates had joined him in boycotting the match. Boateng revealed also that the chants started before the game commenced, but after 26 minutes, he had had enough.

"It's easy to just turn a blind eye; taking action is more difficult," he added. "I would have done the very same thing had it been a Champions League match against Real Madrid - and I will always do it.

"I was angry, sad, shocked. For things like this still to happen in 2013 is a disgrace, not just for Italy, but for football in the whole world.

"I wanted to send out a signal to the whole world that things cannot go on like this. We need to open our eyes. Enough is enough. Racism has no place in football.

"I could hear the first monkey calls after five minutes when I was on the ball. At first, I didn't think anything of it, but then it happened over and over again. I went to the referee and told him that if I hear it again, then I'd quit.

"He tried to calm me down. When it started again in the 26th minute with the monkey calls, then I thought 'that's it, I'm not carrying on'."


This article has 11 comment(s), give your comment
  • Unknown says:
    January 05, 2013 12:06 pm
    Very good move and I fully agree with KPB that something has to be done against this foolishness displayed by these discriminating low-lives! I'm very content the entire team gave a strong signal by walking of the pitch and I would have no problems whatsoever if other players + teams follow this example.
  • aponkye says:
    January 05, 2013 12:46 pm
    I do not support racism in any way, but this was a smart move by Boateng, to excuse his bad performances. And now that he is BORED with Milan (just liked he got BORED with Ghana and his ex wife :'D), now he wants a move somewhere else.
  • MousePad says:
    January 05, 2013 02:34 pm
    How is Prince Boateng a monkey. He is Half Caste hehehehe. Anyway good thing he took action over this nonsense. I support him.
  • Coconutman says:
    January 05, 2013 03:39 pm
    MousePad you call KPB Half Caste because you are all Black and you think you are different from those Italian fans? You are doing the same thing they are doing except the sad thing is you don't even realize you are just as racist as they are. Until we all wake up and realize that every human being deserves to be treated equally regardless of wether they are white, black, yellow, red, or a mixture of all the above, Hausa, Ashanti, Ewe, Ga, Adangbe, we will never advance as humans. "God made man in his own image and likeness". In Spirit, God there is no color. KPB should also consider another option. When Hitler was brandishing his version of racism during the Second World war another great athlete from the US, Jesse Owens, a black man did not quit the Olympic games being held in Germany but rather set track records, he was able to dominate and prove to Hitler that the Black man is capable of greatness. KPB it is commendable to walk of the field but could you also educate those ignorant fans about the qualities you possess as a great soccer player? Why not use the weapon that you possess at that particular moment in time to send a message? Why not humble them with your game? They are a lower division team, so why not dominate them by scoring a basket full of goals against them? KPB there is a new movie coming out "42"which depicts Jackie Robinson. He was one of the African American pioneers that played baseball when blacks were not allowed to play professional baseball. He was not only subjected to verbal abuse but endured physical abuse also. Please watch this movie when it comes out and see if you can get some ideas on what to do in the future. Evil should never triumph over Good. I am sure majority of the fans in that stadium including your AC Milan fans deserved to see you and your team-mates play. The ignorant racist fans however managed to spoil it for everyone and that must not be allowed to continue either. You made a strong point by walking off the field and I support you but we have to take this thing to a higher level of consciousness. You are a professional football player, there is racism in Germany, Britain, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia etc are you planning on taking an early retirement? If not are you going to walk off each time the racists chant? All the opposing fans have to do when you are on the pitch is to start making racist chants and AC Milan would have walked off the pitch and forfeited another game. You have to fight back, let the racist chants be the fuel that brings out the best football out of you. Let the racist chants help you create the best football that has ever been played so you can become the Worlds' number one footballer. Let the racist chants help you combine the best of all the great footballers that ever played the game into one person Kevin Prince Boateng. This must be your goal. Walking off the pitch is easy anyone can do that! Why not compose a symphony with your feet, in honor of all the great non white players who have been subjected to racial abuse? Make this your personal crusade and you will be immortalized in football. Walk off the pitch and you will be another heart breaking story, a tragedy like Zenidine Zidane.
  • Nichogazi says:
    January 05, 2013 04:25 pm
    coconut man i luv your presentation and i hope everyone would read this. its time somebody stand up and make a difference to prove to them that the black man is capable and if given the chance can be the best
  • Yaw says:
    January 05, 2013 05:53 pm
    Unlike many, I just do not believe that protesting to this shameful acts by these ignorant idiots, is the answer. Many years ago in a European country, we were a few blacks(was not common to see black players then) who were forced into starting our own soccer club b´cos were were indirectly shunned from active play in many white-skinned dominated clubs despite the fact that we were very good. Many of us reacted angrily towards our opponents for similar treatment as given to KPB, & either walked off in protest, or got sent off by the Referee for shouting back or getting into a fight. Often, the Referees stopped our games as are the rules(games must not continue if a team is down to a minimum of 7 players). We lost many of our games this way, despite us leading by over 8, 9, 10 goals until a soccer-loving diplomat from an African country who had followed our games, reminded us of an important psychological hitch. He gathered us together one day & asked us a simple question, which was, quote:"Do you see a monkey when you look at yourselves in the mirror"?, unquote. He then asked us individually: "Are you a monkey"?. "How can a team of monkeys be winning by so many goals over a human team"?, he added. "As long as your opponents realize that their delibrate provocation gets such reaction from you, they will continue to do so", he added. We became wiser & ignored our opponents´ provocation, won all our matches as well as the championship, & the provocation ceased from then as they realized that it no longer had an effect on us. My point is, there is no amount of legislation or action by any authority that can stop this. Infact, it will increase as many(even non-racists) will realize the negative impact it has on us, compared to the positive result it can be for them. Where then will KPB go to play? where?? They will all know how to "hit him hard". Think of our own societies back home, our tribal issues, skin color issues(no need to mention names here), has it changed?????
  • confusion says:
    January 05, 2013 06:05 pm
    who is this guy kroa he thought he can full Ghanaians and go away with it free,no way he supose to be in Black Stars camp at this very moment but wht happend,he is soon forgoten that where he is now is not his own making,Ghana made him whom he is today,if he quit AC Milan now where is he going?back to porthmouth? hmmmm for him
  • Rasa says:
    January 05, 2013 06:06 pm
    He who comes for equity must come with clean hands. When KP Boateng went on the Italian Media to ridicule the lives in ghana, he thought he was a white man. Now these same whites have rejected you. Where do you belong? You don't bite the hands that feed you. In this case he thought he was gaining more favour by condemning Africa and Ghana. That statement that ghana had poor infrastructure and it was dangerous to even walk on the streets was not necessary and only intended to imply that we were savages. I honestly don't see why he is complaining. What good is infrastructural development when the people Leno built them cannot understand that all humans are equal. Even animals of different breeds do not discriminate against each other. Advanced country indeed.
  • rock says:
    January 06, 2013 09:09 am
    gud 1 der bro.
  • Agenda says:
    January 06, 2013 02:28 pm
    Very touching comments from u all but few!!! We wld rather prefer to be educated this way than being bathed with insults,insinuations and hate comments.Bravo all.
  • Adam...Ghana says:
    January 08, 2013 08:51 am
    i like all the comments made here...but my concern is does/did he-KPB think he is/was a whiteman after he hurled bitter insults and condemnations against the country that gave him the name BOATENG.hmmm i wonder whats running through his brain at the moment.The stone he threw against the wall has finally bounced back to him.Lets allow him to tackle his own issue in the midst of 'his own people' whitemen alone....