The former Bundesliga professional, Kevin-Prince Boateng has spoken out after the recent incidents in Italian football on the topic of racism. “I don’t have the impression that progress has been made. The situation has worsened in the last five years, even more,” said Boateng, who currently plays in the Serie A for Sassuolo Calcio, in an Interview with the Milan daily Corriere della Sera.
Boateng said with Kalidou Koulibaly, a defender of the SSC Naples, in solidarity, the Serie A the top match against Inter Milan on Wednesday, the victim of a racist insult. The Italian football Federation had condemned Inter to two home games in front of empty stands. In a third game, the Fans in the Giuseppe Meazza, must remain the stadium empty.
I am,you are, we are all @kkoulibaly26 #notoracism #enough isenough pic.twitter.com/yW9gRRcFoV
— Kevin-Prince Boateng (@KPBofficial) 27. December 2018,
racism in Italian football has long been a Problem. The Germany international Antonio Rüdiger had spoken in the run-up to the world Cup in Russia in the MIRROR-Interview about his experience in the Serie A. Also, the Fans of Inter Milan are not noticed for the first Time negative: 2013 xenophobia led in the game against Juventus in part, to the exclusion of the Inter Fans, in 2014, the club had to manage two games without a Stand trigger for this discrimination were chants against Naples.
“This is racism”
Boateng had been offended in January 2013, even racist, when he was started as a Milan-professional in a test match against the club Pro Patria, in Lombardy, in Busto Arsizio. He had abandoned after 26 minutes because of Fans of Pro Patria had him and the rest of the dark-skinned Milan player insulted continually racist. The game was canceled, the Pro Patria Fans acquitted. In the same year, Boateng spoke at the United Nations office in Geneva, about his experiences.
“I was offended at the time by about 50 Fans at the San Siro stadium to 10,000. This is racism. For some people, colored people are monkeys,” said Boateng. “The situation in Germany is not very different. In everyday life I have never experienced discriminatory incidents, but I am 1.90 meters tall and weighing 90 pounds. Maybe a thought as before.”
Boateng criticized Salvini
Boateng also criticized the Italian interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, had not declared that the game between Inter and Napoli had to be interrupted because of racist insults against Koulibaly. “That would have been for the millions of people who have seen the game on TV, that’s right,” said Boateng.
After the game it was in the vicinity of the stadium violent clashes between supporters of both clubs come together. A Fan of Inter Milan was killed. Four Napoli Fans were injured with a knife.