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Soccer: Boateng excited about UN anti-racism invitation

17/01/2013

Milan midfielder led walk-off after jeers in friendly

Soccer: Boateng excited about UN anti-racism invitation

Florence, January 17 - AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng said Thursday he was "excited" and "terrified" by his invitation from the United Nations to take part in an event for the International Day For the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Ghanaian midfielder was invited after leading a walk-off during a friendly on January 3 after fans of the opposing fourth-tier team Pro Patria directed racial jeers at him and other black players. "I'm excited and, in some ways, also terrified by the invitation I received yesterday by the UN," Boateng said. "For me it is an honour, now I have two months to prepare," added the player, who will make a speech of before dignitaries at the event in Geneva on March 15. The UN invitation came one day after a sporting judge said the walk-off was not punishable given the unacceptable fan behaviour at the match at Busto Arsizio, north of Milan. Italian football has been battling racism in the stands for a number of years after several shameful high-profile incidents. Boateng said that in his speech, he wants to share his thoughts about racism and his hopes that it will soon be a thing of the past. "(I want to say) that we are all equal and that what happened in Busto Arsizio was a bad thing, and that now it's gone. "That's the past, now I look at future". He added he is pleased with all of the support he has received since the walk-off, including support from his teammates.