Friday January 4 2013
Berlusconi backs Milan racism stance

President Silvio Berlusconi says his Milan side are ready to walk away from any game, in any competition, should they again be targeted by racists.

The Diavolo made a stance on Thursday when, led by Kevin Prince Boateng, they withdrew from a Pro Patria friendly 26 minutes into the game after being taunted by a section of fans.

“I can assure you that if a similar situation occurs again in the future then Milan will walk off the pitch in all matches – even international ones,” Berlusconi noted.

“I spoke to Boateng a little earlier and I congratulated him for his reaction to this deplorable episode of racism at Pro Patria’s stadium in Busto Arsizio.

“I really liked the behaviour of my Milan on this occasion and of the subsequent statements made by the players, the Coach and my daughter Barbara.

“These uncivilized episodes, these jeers and these denigrating chants are heard too often and offend football and the whole of sport.

“These heinous acts cause suffering to not only the athletes, but to clubs and the vast majority of fans.”

Yesterday’s incidents can be seen in the video below.

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