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Boateng may leave Italy

January 5, 2013
By ESPN staff

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is to decide in the coming days whether he is prepared to continue in Serie A following the racist abuse he faced during a friendly with Pro Patria during the week.

Kevin Prince-Boateng
GettyImagesKevin Prince-Boateng and his team-mates walked off the pitch following the abuse

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Ghana international Boateng and his team-mates opted to walk from the field as a result of the abuse. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has vowed to conduct an investigation into the incident, while the decision to abandon the match has attracted praise from many high-profile figures in the game, including Italy coach Cesare Prandelli.

However, Boateng, who is under contract until 2014, has now suggested he may seek a move away from Italy.

"It's not something which you can just shake off," the Berlin-born midfielder told Bild. "I will sleep on it for the next three nights and then sit down with my agent Roger Wittmann next week. We will have to see if it's really worth carrying on playing in Italy."

The decision to abandon the match, while welcomed in most quarters, was questioned by former Milan stars Clarence Seedorf and Gennaro Gattuso.

Seedorf expressed the view that abandoning the game gives power to the racists, but Boateng told CNN: "First of all I have to respect his opinion, but personally I think his opinion is wrong, because I think every single person who does something like this deserves to see our attention to say you should go out, you should not be in this place.

"They should have 100% of our attention every single time, because that is the only way we can keep them away from the sports."

On Gattuso's view that the fans' boos were not racially motivated, Boateng added: "I think if someone was not there he cannot say there were no racists because, in the moment, it was not only me who felt attacked - there were other players in my team who told me after that it was not nice.

"The noises [were] like a monkey - and everybody knows that, if someone does that in a stadium, it means that in this moment we are the black people - so it was 100% racist."

Boateng also said in the CNN interview that he felt FIFA and UEFA needed to do more to combat the issue of racism in the game.

"I would just tell them that we have to wake up," he said. "We have to open our eyes. Because, in this time, it's 2013 and we still have to live with this. I am sad and angry that I have to be the one who does this step, I have to be the one who walks off the field. There are so many people, FIFA or whatever, that can do something against this. They should wake up and do it."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report