Cristiano Ronaldo insists action must be taken to stop racism in football after Kevin-Prince Boateng was targeted in a friendly.
AC Milan star Boateng walked off the field, prompting his team-mates to do the same, following racial abuse from Pro Patria fans on Thursday.
FIFA supremo Sepp Blatter initially blasted the midfielderâ€™s actions, labelling his decision to leave the pitch as â€œrunning awayâ€.
But superstar Ronaldo claims Boatengâ€™s decision was a personal one that was his alone to make.
The Real Madrid ace said: â€œWhy this racism is still happening is incredible.
â€œI think it was a very personal decision by him â€” if heâ€™s very angry, if heâ€™s sad, if heâ€™s feeling particularly sensitive, then thatâ€™s his decision. It depends on how you are feeling at that moment.
â€œWe have to deal with these people in the stadium â€” perhaps they have a screw loose.â€
Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola also backed Boatengâ€™s decision and reckons it could deter racists in the future.
The Spaniard said: â€œMaybe it was a good step to take. Maybe with Milan dealing with this situation in that way means that it wonâ€™t happen again.â€
Barca star Andres Iniesta added: â€œThe sad thing is that these things actually do happen. It is a very sad thing and a personal reaction by him.â€