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AC Milan’s U-10 boys team racially-abused at tournament in Tuscany


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Add this insidious tale to the volumes published on “sports parents” across the world.

AC Milan has confirmed via its official site that a group of black U-10 players are alleged to have been racially-abused during the Universal Cup tournament in Tuscany this weekend.

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The fact that they were compelled to post an official statement on the issue shows the seriousness of the incident in question, which happened after Milan beat PSG 1-0.


The Milan youth sector team, the Esordienti 2004, take on Benfica today in the semi-final of the Universal Cup. The prestigious youth tournament is taking place in Forte dei Marmi and kick-off is at midday. Milan reached this stage after defeating PSG yesterday.

It has been brought to our attention however that during yesterday’s match between Milan-PSG, that there was alleged incidents of racism from certain “people” in the stands towards Milan’s black players.

We do not wish to magnify the issue, but truly hope that these reports aren’t true or that it was simply a sporadic incident. If they were to be confirmed, then it would be simply unacceptable.

We shouldn’t act shocked that incidents like this continue to occur, or to pretend that Italy is ground zero for this behavior, but it’s still bizarre and upsetting to points out that super agent Mino Raiola ripped into the story, confirming it in a sense, while tagging in superstars Blaise Matuidi, Romelu Lukaku, Mario Balotelli and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, three of whom are black.

In shock about today’s Milan/PSG in Universal Cup parents booing colour 10 year olds. Heads up boys we’r stronger then weak ignorant racists

— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) April 5, 2015

One earth one mankind @FinallyMario @RomeluLukaku9 @Ibra_official @MATUIDIBlaise

— Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) April 5, 2015

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