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Soccer: Federation opens probe into Constant racist chants

Latest in series of incidents to hit Italian soccer's image

Soccer: Federation opens probe into Constant racist chants

Rome, July 24 - The Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) on Wednesday opened a probe in the alleged racist abuse that prompted AC Milan midfielder Kevin Constant to walk of the field during a friendly encounter on Tuesday. The incident, the latest in a long string of racism-related incidents to have hit Italian soccer's image in recent years, was similar to the walk-off Milan's Ghanian Kevin-Prince Boateng led at a friendly match in January, hitting headlines worldwide. Guinean Constant, who is black, walked off in rage after kicking the ball into the stands during a 45-minute match against promoted Sassuolo as part of the three-way friendly tournament that also featured Serie A champions Juventus. A substitute took Constant's place and an announcement was made warning play would be stopped if the abuse continued. Boateng also kicked the ball into the crowd during January's match at fourth-tier Pro Patria, but on that occasion the whole Milan team walked off with him and the match was abandoned. Former AC Milan and Italy forward Filippo Inzaghi, now head of Milan's youth academy, said Wednesday that the solution to racist chants in the stands is to "ignore them".

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