OT: AC Milan player walks off friendly match due to racist chants, followed by team.

Submitted by strafe on January 4th, 2013 at 5:10 PM


Some of you guys might recognize Boateng and some of us probably remember him from Ghana's victory over the US team in the 2010 world cup.


The former Portsmouth and Tottenham midfielder was so incensed by the chants emanating from one corner of the ground that he picked the ball up and booted it towards the offending supporters in the stands before ripping off his shirt and storming off the pitch.

There was a brief period of confusion as players from both sides tried to talk to Boateng, but Milan’s Italian captain Massimo Ambrosini instructed the rest of the Milan team to walk off in a show of support for Boateng.


IME this is could bring long overdue attention to addressing the racism rampant in soccer culture overseas.

EDIT: Oh, just, don't even read the comments on the link. 

Delete if inappropriate, though hopefully this is informative.



January 4th, 2013 at 5:15 PM ^

Absolutely disgusting. Racism is all over the place but the chanting and blatant xenophobia at European football matches needs to be addressed in a serious manner.

Creedence Tapes

January 4th, 2013 at 7:14 PM ^

And recently mr Blatter criticized MLS for not having fans that were passionate enough. Sorry but I don't want MLS to ever have that kind of "passion". American soccer fans are looking to european soccer fans to teach us how to cheer at games, but this makes it hard to want to emulate the "Ultras" and die hards of soccer. I'm glad that Milan did the right thing, and I hope this leads to more aweareness and subsequently action from FIFA. "Say no to racism" signs are not enough.

swan flu

January 4th, 2013 at 5:16 PM ^

I am glad he left the pitch and that his team followed him.

But soccer racism isn't rampant across ALL of Europe. It's very bad in Italy and at some places in Germany, but it's not as bad in Spain and England. Even at places where racism is rampant it's usually a very loud minority.

Except Lazio. Seriously, like 80% of their fans are raging neo nazis.

snarling wolverine

January 4th, 2013 at 5:42 PM ^

Not as bad in Spain?  Samuel Eto'o disagrees. 

Eto'o admits that racism is so widespread in Spain that he no longer dares take his family to matches. "Racism can happen anywhere and I don't want them to see it," he told CNN. "It's a sad situation in football. In my opinion the problem is getting bigger and the people that should come up with a solution are not doing it. So to protect my family, I don't take them to the game."

With black players regularly subjected to monkey chants in Spanish stadiums, Eto'o believes determined action is needed before verbal abuse spills over into physical violence.


From what I've heard, racism is most open in the southern countries (Spain, Italy, Greece) as well as the ex-Communist countries.  England, France and Germany have the occasional asshole at a game but it's less common overall.



swan flu

January 4th, 2013 at 5:41 PM ^

I said some places. It's always a vocal minority but in the past 10 years there has been a lot of neo nazi demonstrations at soccer games.

Again, I'm not saying any country itself is racist, but there have been more problems in Germany and especially Italy compared to England. But even in England there have been problems.


January 4th, 2013 at 5:42 PM ^

And despite this occuring multiple times within the last few months if I remember the news, Stern commented again today about expanding the NBA to Europe. If this is what the fans do during soccer, a sport they love, I can't imagine the reception for many NBA players to be much nicer.


January 4th, 2013 at 7:40 PM ^

At first I thought the same thing about it as you, but then as I thought about it more I came to believe that the issue is big enough that taking a stand to end the game is adequate and much more powerful in the grand scheme. 

I would love to see players and teams walk off of the fields consistently until the situation resolves.




January 4th, 2013 at 5:56 PM ^

The thing I always wonder about... aren't there players of other ethnicities on the chanters' teams as well?  I mean, half of most European national teams are now composed of immigrants/children of immigrants/players of dubiously convenient citizenship.   It just seems strange to be yelling racist chants at that Arab/African/Asian guy, but cheering for the Arab/African/Asian guy on your team. 



January 4th, 2013 at 6:15 PM ^

The Telegraph actually ran an article about how racism is treated by Uefa compared to other violations of policy - (LINK)

I applaud the actions of Boetang and AC Milan because no one should have to endure this sort of dehumanization and abuse at their job (or anywhere, ever), which this is for these players, and for the governing body of the sport on the continent to treat relatively lightly in comparison to other problems (as evidenced by the linked article) is an ethical failure, in my opinion. 


January 4th, 2013 at 6:21 PM ^

... make the jackasses that go to NFL games and have ruined it for me and my family look like saints.  

Blanket statement and all.  most fans are great.  It's the underclass, youth driven groups that are terrifying.  After all, Europe, for all its liberalism, is still the birth place of facism and nazism.  Those concepts still resonate with poor youth who see their problems as perpetrated by minorities or those of cultures different from their own.


January 4th, 2013 at 6:33 PM ^

Doing this at a friendly is the first step. When an incident like this occurs in an actual game with championship ramifications, it will be interesting to see how the soccer community reacts


January 4th, 2013 at 9:17 PM ^

If something isn't done about this, the chants will get worse.  What happens if the game counts and a racist crowd starts a racist chant trying to get the away team to leave, and thus forfiet the game?  If this happened in the US, the offenders would be out of the stadium about as fast as security could get them out.  It's time for Europe to enter the 21st century.

I have a simple solution: any racist chant should be immediately followed by emptying the stadium and letting the players play in an empty house.  That way, the racists would be subject to peer pressure by those who don't want to get kicked out of the stadium for someone else's ignorance.



January 4th, 2013 at 10:51 PM ^

I think emptying the whole stadium is a bit much. Maybe extra security to find the ones specifically doing to chant and to kick them out. Shouldn't punish the whole stadium. And if people want to get really extreme, just give penalty kicks to the opposing team until the crowd shuts up.


January 4th, 2013 at 11:59 PM ^

There is a great BBC documentary on racist tendencies among many European soccer supporters. I've lived in four European countries and attended soccer games in all. It's tough to comment here without crossing the political rules of mgoblog, but I will say that black American basketball players in Europe will explain the differences. When I lived in Scotland there was a team whose fans threw bananas on the field when their team's own black players performed badly. Their own team! If you really want to know more, Google the BBC documentary and brace yourself to watch something revolting. That being said, I love to see the players in the OP's story respond in support. It should give us all hope.