AC Milan midfielder walks off pitch after racist chants

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Another AC Milan player has been forced to walk off the pitch during a game against Sassuolo after being the subject of racist abuse from the crowd.

The Italian side were taking part in a pre-season tournament when midfielder Kevin Constant was seen booting the ball into the crowd as a response to chants from the crowd.

He was then substituted, while an announcement was made to inform the crowd that the game would be stopped should any further incidents occur.

A statement from the Italian Football Federation read: "The Federal Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation to ascertain the extent of the racist incident that took place at the Stadio del Tricolore in Reggio Emilia during the Milan-Sassuolo match, which saw AC Milan player Kevin Constant the subject of chants from some supporters in the stands."

The incident was remarkably similar to the one which saw team-mate Kevin-Prince Boateng walk off during a friendly against Pro Patria last season.

AC Milan were less than supportive of Constant, and said he shouldn't have walked.

Their statement read: "This was not a decision he should have taken upon himself to make.

"Despite his more than understandable reasons and the anger he must have felt, AC Milan would like to remind everyone that the only people responsible for intervening against any manifestations that offend the human dignity, which includes racial discrimination, are the referee in charge of the match and the head of public safety."

However, the statement added that racism deserves "zero tolerance".

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