The Straits Times
Published on Jan 16, 2013

AC Milan, Boateng given all clear for walk-off


MILAN (AFP) - Italian league officials on Tuesday decided not to sanction Kevin-Prince Boateng or AC Milan after the Ghanaian midfielder led his side off the pitch during a recent friendly to protest at being racially abused.

Boateng and Milan hit the headlines worldwide when, during Serie A's winter break, he stormed off the pitch 26 minutes into a friendly against fourth division Pro Patria, based in Busto Arsizio near Milan.

Applauded by anti-racism campaigners the world over, supported by his club but criticised by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, Boateng faced a possible sanction by league chiefs.

But on Tuesday he and Milan were given the all-clear.