Serie A - Boateng: Racism is a virus

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has likened racism to a “virus” without a “vaccine”, blaming inaction for its revival in European football.

Serie A - Boateng: Racism is a virus

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Kevin-Prince Boateng of Milan 2013 AP/LaPresse

Boateng, who walked out of a January friendly with Pro Patria after receiving racist abuse from the stands, has been invited to a FIFA summit on racism on Friday.

Earlier in the week he said the offending supporters had treated him “like an animal”, and on Thursday he said more needed to be done to combat the rise of racism in Europe.

“The big problem with racism is that there is no clear vaccine for it,” Germany-born Ghana midfielder Boateng said at a meeting of the UN’s commission on human rights.

“There are no antibiotics, it is like a virus, dangerous and contagious, reinforced by our indifference and inaction. We must act every time we are confronted with it.

“Racism is very real and it exists here today.”

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