FIFA’s Blatter Lauds AC Milan Star For Racism Protest

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is lauding an AC Milan star for a “strong and courageous” stand in leading his teammates off the field to protest racial abuse by fans in Italy last week.

But Blatter, speaking at FIFA’s awards ceremony Monday, says such protests “cannot be the solution in the long term.” He would like to see “other sustainable solutions to tackle the problem of racism and discrimination at its roots.”

Still, Blatter praises AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng for showing that such abusive conduct has “gone too far.” Earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo said it was “incredible” that fans still racially abuse players. But he questions if Boateng was right to walk off the field.

Source: Associated Press