Kevin-Prince Boateng: Racism is like malaria
AC Milan star vows to continue his fight against racism in football
Kevin Prince Boateng has once again spoken out regarding the issue of racism in worldwide football.
This week Boateng attended the anti-racism event in Geneva, Switzerland with some of the top directors of FIFA and Uefa to discuss the subject of racism in worldwide sport and the ways to overcome it.
Boateng, unfortunately, has first hand experience as to the problem of racism. Whilst playing for AC Milan on the 3rd January 2013 in a friendly game against Pro Patria, Kevin Boateng, Urby Emmanuelson, Sulley Muntari, M'Baye Niang were all targets of terrible racist abuse from the home support. Following the ongoing abuse, Boateng decided to walk off the pitch mid-game in protest. The game was abandoned, and as a result Boateng has decided to take the matter into his own hands.
Speaking at the event in Geneva Boateng said: "Racism can't be ignored. It won't go away like a headache. Instead it's more like malaria. It's contagious and spreads. We have a duty to fight it."
These comments also come in a week where Boateng has agreed to testify against the Pro Patria fans who have been charged with inciting racial behaviour in the Italian high courts. Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri and defender Daniele Bonera have also agreed to testify in order to prevent these fans returning to football games again.
Boateng added in Geneva:" One of the greatest moments of my life was when I met Nelson Mandela in South Africa in 2010. He urged me to fight racism. You have to fight it in order to beat it. You have to act, not react."
Patrick Viera, the now Football development executive at Manchester City also attended the event and had this to say: "It takes a team effort to beat racism. Everyone has a role to play. I believe in sport and a better world. Let's try to change things now."
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