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AC Milan goalkeeper Maignan walks off subject after racist chants, recreation suspended briefly

AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan walked off the sector after being subjected to racist abuse by Udinese followers throughout a top-tier Italian league recreation on Saturday — prompting the match to be suspended briefly throughout the first half.

Shortly after Milan had scored to take a 1-0 lead and Milan was about to take a purpose kick, Maignan signaled to his teammates to cease, walked to the referee after which to the sideline.

“They made monkey noises and it isn’t the primary time it is occurred to me,” the 28-year-old Maignan advised DAZN.

Teammates tried to console Maignan on the sideline however then the France worldwide took his gloves off and walked down the tunnel main off the sector.

Maignan, who’s Black, had additionally advised the referee about monkey chants earlier throughout the match, prompting an announcement within the stadium asking followers to cease.

The Serie A recreation resumed about 5 minutes after the suspension when Maignan and teammates got here again out. Milan gained 3-2.

“I used to be upset to have to enter the altering room like that however I had everybody’s help,” Maignan stated. “We talked after which we made the choice to return out onto the sector and make the suitable response — to win this recreation.”

“I actually did not wish to play anymore. However we’re a household and I could not go away my teammates like that.”

‘We’re with you, Mike’

Udinese will probably be hit with a partial stadium closure for its subsequent residence match.

“There’s completely no place in our recreation for racism: we’re appalled, ” Milan stated on X, previously Twitter. “We’re with you, Mike.”

Maignan was additionally subjected to racist chants in a recreation at Cagliari two seasons in the past.

There have been quite a few racist incidents in Italian and European soccer for years, with instances in Italy geared toward Kevin-Prince Boateng, Mario Balotelli and Romelu Lukaku amongst others.

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