Milan's goalkeeper leaves the field after a racist scandal
Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan is racially insulted during a league match and then leaves the field. The Frenchman was praised for his reaction. Then he got a lot of prominent support. FIFA President also comments.
MAC Milan player Ike Maignan has received widespread support for his response to racist insults from Udinese Calcio “fans”. The goalkeeper was insulted by the fans and then left the field during the match. “You are not alone, Mike Maignan. We are all with you. There are still the same problems and there is no solution yet,” French star Kylian Mbappé wrote on Channel X: “Enough is enough! No to racism,” and his national team teammate Antoine Griezmann wrote: “We stand together, Mike! No to racism!”
The Serie A match was temporarily halted on Saturday evening after racist insults and boos were directed at Maignan. The 28-year-old goalkeeper spoke for the first time to referee Fabio Maresca about half an hour later. He was then hugged and kissed by his teammates. Minyan left the field to the dressing room and returned a short time later.
“They imitated the sounds of monkeys. There should be no such thing in the world of football and you just have to react,” Minian said after his team's 3-2 win. He didn't hear it the first time, but then he had to act.
The black professional footballer added that it is not the first time in his career that he has felt racism. “I didn't want to continue the game,” but then he and the team decided to continue: “I felt everyone's support.”
Infantino describes the events as “despicable and unacceptable”
As reported by ANSA news agency, an announcement was made by the stadium spokesman after the incident. Udinese players went into the corner to impress their fans. The match resumed about six minutes later. “There is absolutely no place for racism in our game: we are appalled. We are with you, Mike,” Milan wrote on X.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino also commented, describing the scandal in Udine and another incident in Sheffield as “disgusting and completely unacceptable.” “There is no place for racism or any other form of discrimination.” There was also a racism scandal in England on Saturday when Coventry City player Casey Palmer was insulted by a derogatory gesture during a League Two match against Sheffield Wednesday.
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