Busto Arsizio

Soccer: Jail terms for fans who abused black Milan players

Chants at Pro Patria led to much-praised walk-off

Soccer: Jail terms for fans who abused black Milan players

Busto Arsizio, June 5 - An Italian court on Wednesday handed prison sentences of 40 days to two months to six soccer fans who racially abused several black AC Milan players in a friendly match in January. The court in this northern town where the incident took place found the fans fourth-tier side Pro Patria guilty of insulting chants "aggravated by racist motives". The sentence was less severe than the terms requested by the prosecutor, who wanted five of the fans given six months in jail and one four months because he helped authorities. 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 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 United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

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