[QODLink]
Football

Italy investigate racial abuse case

AC Milan midfielder follows the lead of teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng by walking off the pitch during friendly.

Last Modified: 24 Jul 2013 12:48
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Constant (R) voluntarily leaves the pitch during the Trofeo Tim tournament against Sassuolo [EPA]

The Serie A season hasn't even started but Italian football is already back in the racism spotlight. 

The Italian football federation launched an investigation on Wednesday after AC Milan midfielder Kevin Constant walked off the field following racist abuse during a friendly match.

The incident took place on Tuesday during a 2-1 friendly loss to home side Sassuolo in the Trofeo TIM tournament, which also involved Serie A champion Juventus.

Constant, who is black, walked off the field after kicking the ball into the stands in the 34th minute, emulating the actions of Kevin-Prince Boateng last season.

The referee allowed a substitute to come on and also ordered an announcement warning that the game would be suspended if further incidents occurred.

Following racist abuse during a friendly in January against Pro Patria, Boateng also kicked the ball at a section of the crowd before walking off the field with the rest of the Milan team.

Milan has not commented on the incident but shortly afterward Constant tweeted a mock-up movie poster of teammates Boateng, Mario Balotelli and M'Baye Niang and the title 'Stop Racism.'

Sassuolo is about to start their first ever season in Serie A after winning the second division last season.

197

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.