Milan have announced that they will debut an anti-racism taskforce during tomorrow’s derby with Inter.
Serie A has once more been marred by racist incidents in recent weeks, with Romelu Lukaku and Franck Kessie abused by Cagliari and Verona fans.
Given the exposure of tomorrow’s derby, Milan will use the occasion to promote a campaign that aims to stamp out discrimination in stadia and on social media.
“Italian football needs to wake up and take a strong stance against racist behaviours,” CEO Ivan Gazidis told the club’s official website.
“AC Milan will take a leadership position on this issue, promoting basic human values that are relevant to us all.
“Football provides a powerful example of the strength of unity and teamwork. Diversity, inclusion and tolerance enhance the strength of the team, the club and of society as a whole.
“We believe that we have a moral obligation to do everything we can to address this issue.
“This first significant step aims to visibly demonstrate that we will be proactive in our efforts to tackle racism in football.
“These values transcend football rivalries and we are delighted to have the support of FC Inter for this initiative.”
The showdown at San Siro is being billed the ‘Derby Against Racism’ as Inter’s players will have a photo taken with their rivals in a sign of unity before kick-off.
“I am pleased that AC Milan is taking action to address one of the most important issues in our game and our society,” added Rossoneri President Paolo Scaroni.
“This club has a powerful voice and I believe we can play an important role in the fight against racism.”
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