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Kevin-Prince Boateng invited by United Nations following racist attack

Published on: 17 January 2013

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has been invited by the United Nations to attend its International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Boateng led his teammates off the field this month to protest racial abuse by opposing fans during an exhibition match against fourth-tier Italian club Pro Patria.

The U.N. event, which takes place in Geneva on March 21, has been in place since 1966. This year's focus is on racism in sport.

Milan announced the news on its website Wednesday.


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  • Unknown says:
    January 17, 2013 08:40 am
    The fact that he's not dark skinned doesn't matter much to me, but I definitely agree on the fact that the UN is a bit late with this gesture. Racism in football has been there for quite a while now. Nevertheless, they are at least putting it on the agenda now so let's wait and see.
  • Coconutman says:
    January 17, 2013 08:47 am
    No Kimani how long have you been watching soccer? In all those years how many times have you seen a player brave enough to pick up a ball and walk off the pitch because of racial abuse? This is why he was invited not because as you say "because he is lightskinned". Africans it is time to stand up for what is right. He is light skinned but did that stop those ignorant Italian football fans from abusing him? We are our own worst enemies, no wonder you have all the ethnic violence in Kenya because you still think because one is from a different tribe he is not good enough to be Kenyan. If you are going to come to a Ghana sight make sense and think like a Ghanaian not a backward thinking Kenyan.
  • Coconutman says:
    January 17, 2013 08:54 am
    During apartheid there were whites like Donald Woods who sacrificed to help stop apartheid. It is the consciousness level of one that makes the difference and not the color of their skin. Obviously Kevin is going to be talking about his experience as a black and not as a white man. You on the other hand will never make it to that level of consciousness because you are still stuck on the color of your skin which is the same level as the racist who are abusing black soccer players.
  • Coconutman says:
    January 17, 2013 08:59 am
    We are all human beings first and the color of one's skin should not determine how they are treated. In Africa we should start believing that we are human beings first and the shade of dark in our color or what ethnic group or tribe one belongs to should never matter. This should be our objective and it will go a long way to bringing lasting peace to our continent. I take my hat off to my light skinned brother Kevin. Nelson Mandela is a lighter skinned African, does that make him less of a hero in African consciousness?
  • Adam...Ghana says:
    January 17, 2013 09:38 pm
    bravo Mr. Coconutman. you sound more like my boss,putting points after point on table and thats for me is enough and im not making any comment any more b'cos you've already taken it from my mouth..but those East African should mind the way they going to solve their numerous problems leading to lost of lives and stop intruding in issues of we the West Africans.
  • kimani says:
    January 17, 2013 01:07 am
    what a load of crap..because he is lightskinned he gets a call to the UN ? how many other black players have been abused but no love lol damn
  • Gil says:
    March 18, 2013 04:24 pm
    Coconut, Well said. However, until ALL people of African descent, including those of us in the United States and around the world come together, the racism, not just in sports, but everywhere will continue to thrive.