Pro Patria to host the Milanese side once again…
Milan have rearranged their abandoned friendly with low-profile club Pro Patria.
The original match played during the Serie A winter break was stopped after Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari and M’baye Niang and a number of other Rossoneri players were victims of racist abuse. As a result the Ghanaian star walked from the field and the referee then chose not to continue with the match.
The new date for the game is Monday, 28 January, the day of remembrance for victims of the holocaust.
In the meantime, Pro Patria have become engulfed in a similar controversy recently. A youth team game between Pro Patria and Casale was stopped in the 38th minute after Casale player Fabiano Riberio slapped a Pro Patria player he then accused of racially abusing him.
A fight broke out among the two teams before order was restored, only for Casale’s Riberio to be sent off for his part in the brawl. But, after he told his coaches what he had heard, they called off the match and reported the incident to the league. The referee has said he did not hear what was said, and Pro Patria officials have strongly denied any wrongdoing.
Lukily, Milan weren’t punished for walking off the pitch after a Serie A judge decided that whilst there is no rule which allows a team to interrupt a match without the referee’s or security officials’ say-so, the events at Pro Patria were sufficient to justify their actions.