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Soccer: Jail sentences sought for racist-abuse fans

05/06/2013

Chants at Pro Patria led to walk-off by Milan players

Soccer: Jail sentences sought for racist-abuse fans

Busto Arsizio, June 5 - An Italian prosecutor on Wednesday requested a court hand prison sentences to six soccer fans allegedly involved in racist abuse directed at several black AC Milan players in a friendly match in January. The incident hit international headlines as Milan's Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng led his side in walking off the field in protest and the match against fourth-tier side Pro Patria in the northern town of Busto Arsizio was abandoned. The Ghanaian was widely praised for standing up to the bigots and was subsequently invited to speak at a forum organized in Geneva by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Prosecutor Mirko Monti requested the court hand five of the Pro Patria fans six-month jail terms. He requested that the other be given a less stiff penalty of four months after he cooperated with the authorities. The court fined Milan's Sulley Muntari, another Ghanaian midfielder, 500 euros for failing to turn up to give evidence.