Boateng Gives Evidence in Pro Patria Case
Boateng, who kicked a ball into the stands prior to the Milan players walking off the pitch, told the court he was treated like “an animal.” The game was abandoned shortly after the incident.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the midfielder told the court: “Every time I touched the ball I could hear chants being directed straight at me – a kind of ‘buh buh’ noise that you’d make at an animal.
“I think they were insulting me because my skin isn’t white. It happened in Germany too and for me this is clearly racism.”
Boateng is scheduled to meet with FIFA president Sepp Blatter to discuss ways to stop racism in the game on Friday.
Blatter had received criticism for his statement following the Milan players walking off the field. In an interview following the friendly, Blatter said: ”Walk off? No. I don’t think that is the solution, I don’t think you can run away, because then the team should have to forfeit the match. This issue is a very touchy subject, but I repeat there is zero tolerance of racism in the stadium, we have to go against that.”
Twitter: @CalcioFarmer. Drew Farmer is the Forza Italian Football Genoa correspondent.