To Michael Platini,
In a June 2012 news conference, you stated that any players and teams that walk off a soccer pitch during a sanctioned match in response to racist taunting will be fined. We believe this is the wrong approach.
We urge you to develop a new strategy to combat racism during European soccer matches that includes:
1) Boosting security during matches to monitor fans who use racist chants
2) Implementing a strategy that will eject and ban these fans from future matches
3) Reverse the decision to fine players and teams for walking off or terminating a match to protest racism.
This petition closed almost 3 years ago
On January 3, 2013, star AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off the pitch during a friendly match against Pro Patria in Italy because of racist taunting. His teammates, along with...
On January 3, 2013, star AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off the pitch during a friendly match against Pro Patria in Italy because of racist taunting. His teammates, along with every member of the Pro Patria team, joined him in walking off and terminating the match in the first half.
Boateng's action, and those of AC Milan, are subject to a fine because of UEFA chief Michael Platini's stance that any team or player that terminates a match in protest of racism can be fined. This needs to change and a new strategy needs to be implemented that supports players and teams for their actions.