Saturday, March 02, 2013
FIFA PRESIDENT, SEPP BLATTER TO MEET BOATENG ON HOW TO TACKLE RACISM IN FOOTBALL
AC Milan midfielder, Kevin-Prince Boateng will meet with FIFA president Sepp Blatter later in the month to discuss ways of tackling racism in football.
The Football World governing body says the Ghanian, who was in the Black Stars of Ghana team to South Africa 2010 world cup, is scheduled to make a courtesy visit with Blatter in Zurich on March 22.
Boateng became the focus of anti-racism efforts in world football in January after leading his Milan teammates off the pitch to protest against racial abuse from fans of fourth-tier Italian side Pro Patria.
The club were forced to play one game behind closed doors, while Boateng received widespread respect and support from footballers for his decision.
The former Portsmouth FC of England player was also invited to attend the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in March following his recent stand against racist abuse.
At the time of the incident, Blatter praised Boateng for making a “strong and courageous stand,” though faced criticism for saying that players mustn’t run away from problems.
The FIFA president used his speech at the world player of the year gala, held four days after the incident, to stress that unilaterally leaving the pitch “cannot be the solution.”
'That is praiseworthy,' Blatter said in January of the former Germany youth international's action during the first half of a the friendly. 'But it cannot be the solution in the long term.
'We have to find other sustainable solutions to tackle the problem of racism and discrimination at its roots,' Blatter said. 'Otherwise, such stands will be made in isolation and lost in the heat of general polemic.'
'A way of saying: "this has gone this far, but it goes no further"', the FIFA chief said. 'Football must not separate people. Football brings people together.'