Originally written on Ghanasoccernet  |  Last updated 10/27/14
Early this year, Ghanaian midfielder  Kevin­-Prince Boateng, was racially abused by a small section of Pro Patria fans in a friendly held at Busto Arsizio. While incidents similar to this are not infrequent in European football, what set this occurrence apart was Boateng’s reaction after listening to their chants; he kicked the ball into the crowd, ripped his shirt off and walked off the field, with his fellow Milan teammates following suit. Professional football players have been called on time and again by both officials and pundits alike to carry on playing and to leave issues of racism to match officials owing to the fact that “stopping the game simply rewards the racists”. But this incident, along with over 40 others in the last decade, have exhibited the rather obvious reality that financial sanctions inflicted upon football clubs and federations across Europe by governing bodies such as FIFA or UEFA are simply not enough to abolish racial prejudice in football. While Boateng’...
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