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AC Milan irked by Blatter criticism

SoccerNews in Serie A 7 Jan 2013

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AC Milan have urged FIFA to clamp down on racism in response to Sepp Blatter’s criticism of the team’s walk-off last week.

AC Milan were playing a friendly against Pro Patria last week but opted to leave the field after several players in the side were racially abused during the match which was held in the Italian region of Lombardy.

Kevin-Prince Boateng instigated the action after getting fed up of the racial chanting and the Rossoneri midfielder has largely been praised by players from around the world for his decision to leave the field.

However, Blatter had condemned the Italian club on Sunday, while Fifa has maintained its silence on the matter.

Milan, however, have suggested authorities should start being more proactive in their fight against racism.

“AC Milan reiterates its dissent towards all forms of racism, however they are manifested,” a statement on their official website declared.

“We invite the national and international sporting authorities to adopt and apply every rule against racism.”

Milan were back in competitive action on Sunday, beating Siena 2-1 at San Siro to get 2013 off to a solid start.

But before the match they wore special shirts with the message, ‘AC Milan against racism’ to show their support for the action from last Friday’s game.

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