Racist chants and AC Milan leaves the field! The legal fallout - an Italian lawyer's perspective
The images of the friendly match between Pro Patria v AC Milan on 3 January 2013 has been seen around the world: after repeated racist chants toward the black players of Milan by some pseudo fans of the home team, the Ghanaian midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng, exasperated and extremely offended by the situation, decided to throw the ball at the alleged abusers, pull off his shirt and promptly leave the field. Thereupon, all his teammates followed him into the changing room in solidarity causing the abandonment of the match. Aside from any obvious moral stigma, here we are going to focus on the developments from the point of view both of the ordinary justice and the sports justice.
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Attorney at law in Milan. Assistant Professor of the postgraduate Course in “Sports Law and Sports Justice” at the Faculty of Law of the University of Milan. Alternate Member of the Appeal Committee of FICSF ("Federazione Italiana Canottaggio Sedile Fisso"). Founding Member of “Centro Studi Diritto Sport” (“Sports Law Research Center”) based in Milan.