AC Milan won't be punished for walking off field
AC Milan Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, right, is flanked by his teammate Mathieu Flamini as he gestures towards the crowd in Busto Arsizio, near Milan, Italy, on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Emilio Andreoli)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 15, 2013 3:23PM EST
MILAN, Italy -- A football judge has decided not to punish AC Milan for walking off the field after being subjected to racist chants during a friendly with fourth-division club Pro Patria.
While noting that no rule allows a squad to interrupt a match without the referee's or the public security officer's consent, Serie A judge Gianpaolo Tosel wrote that "the essential values of sport and civil coexistence" rule out the possibility that "a gesture of solidarity toward someone insulted exclusively for the colour of his skin" can result in disciplinary action.
Pro Patria was already ordered to play one home match without fans for the Jan. 3 incident, and a preliminary judge barred six of the club's supporters accused of inciting racism from all sports events in Italy for five years.