Saturday, February 24, 2024

AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan racially abused

AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan is the recent victim of racism as his side faced Udinese in a clash that ended 2-3 in favour of AC Milan.

The fixture was halted for 10 minutes after the goalkeeper could not keep up with the abuse from Udinese fans. He walked off the pitch accompanied by his teammates before play was resumed.

Speaking after the clash, Mike noted that he heard the monkey chants when he was about to take a goal kick but chose to ignore it.

“Then for the second goal kick they did it again. I called to the dugout and the fourth official and I told them what had happened. I said that we can’t play in these conditions because it’s not the first time that it’s happened with me or other players,” he said.

“They’re ignorant people… You can be booed or whistled when you’re away from home, that’s normal, but what happened today has no place in football.” he continued.

In the Saturday clash Loftus-Cheek gave the visitors the lead in the 31st minute before Samardzic pulled one for Udinese sending both side on level at the break. Thauvin doubled the lead for the host in the 62nd minute.

Jovic ensured parity was restored as Okafor’s last minute goal sealed the win for AC Milan side who are in third place with 45 points, six points behind league leaders Juventus.

Mike is not new to racism as in 2021 he was a victim of racism coming from Juventus fans. He termed himself ‘black and proud’ as he questioned football authorities is they knew what it meant to be reduced to an animal.

Other players in Serie A who have faced the same receiption includes Romelu Lukaku, Dusan Vlahovic, Moise Kean and Weston McKennie.

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