Boateng To Discuss Racism In Sports At UN

March 15, 2013
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AC Milan midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng, of Ghana, who led teammates off the field in protest of racist abuse by fans in January, will discuss racism in sports at the UN. In this photo, he celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Lazio, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, on March 2, 2013. Photo Credit: AP/Marco Rosi, Lapresse

GENEVA (AP) - AC Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng, who led teammates off the field in protest of abuse by fans in January, will take part in a United Nations event next week discussing racism in sport.

The U.N.'s human rights office said Tuesday that Boateng and former France captain Patrick Vieira plan to attend its "Racism and Sport" discussion on March 21.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will open the 90-minute session at the U.N.'s European headquarters in Geneva.

Boateng is also scheduled to meet FIFA President Sepp Blatter the next day in Zurich.

Blatter initially questioned Boateng's actions in walking off the field following racist abuse by fans of Italian fourth-tier team Pro Patria during a friendly match.

Blatter later praised Boateng's "courageous" stand and has created a FIFA anti-racism task force, which could recommend tougher sanctions for clubs and national teams whose fans racially insult players.

FIFA is sending its head of social responsibility programs, Federico Addiechi, to the Geneva meeting, the U.N. Office said.

European football's top anti-discrimination adviser, Piara Powar, is also scheduled to attend.

Powar is director of Fare, a network of fans' activist groups, whose stadium monitors have helped UEFA prosecute cases of abuse targeted at Italy forward Mario Balotelli at the 2012 European Championship.

Monitors also work at high-risk Champions League and Europa League matches.


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