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Football: Schalke deny Boateng move was due to racism

Schalke 04 board member Peter Peters has retracted comments he made suggesting midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng transferred from AC Milan to escape racism in Italy, which the Ghana star has denied. On Monday, Peters told German website Sport Bild that Boateng's 12 million euros (US15.9m) transfer from Milan last month was fuelled by a desire to escape racism in Italy, which the club's financial director later retracted. "After consultation with our manager Horst Heldt, my assumption was completely wrong," said Peters on the Schalke website.

Football: Racism almost prompted Serie A departure

German-born Ghanaian Kevin-Prince Boateng claimed in a newspaper interview Friday that being targeted with racist abuse from some fans almost prompted his departure from Italy. Boateng, a forward with AC Milan, hit the international headlines in January when he led his team off the pitch during a friendly with third division side Pro Patria after being targeted with racist 'bu-bu' chants from a handful of fans. The incident brought the thorny issue of racism in Italian football grounds back into the spotlight and prompted a number of clubs to declare anti-racism drives.

UPDATE 3-Soccer-Barcelona strangled by Milan in shock defeat

* Boateng and Muntari score in surprise Milan win * Barcelona players fuming over controversial first goal (Writes through) By Brian Homewood MILAN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Barcelona's treble hopes were hanging in the balance after they were strategically outplayed in a 2-0 defeat by AC Milan in their Champions League last-16 first-leg match on Wednesday.

Soccer-Pro Patria given one-game fan ban over Boateng incident

Jan 8 (Reuters) - Italian fourth-tier side Pro Patria must play their next home league match behind closed doors after fans racially abused AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng, the league said on Tuesday. Boateng walked off the pitch in last week's friendly because of monkey chants and his team mates followed him, drawing widespread praise across the game. An Italian lower league (Lega Pro) statement said the taunts were "clearly racial discrimination" and deserved an immediate one-game stadium ban.

Soccer-Ronaldo shocked by Boateng racism episode

ZURICH, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo said it was incredible that episodes of racism still happen in soccer stadiums after AC Milan abandoned a friendly in Italy last week because of offensive chants by spectators. However, the Portuguese forward was non-committal over Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng's decision to walk off the pitch over racist insults during the match against lower tier Pro Patria, saying it was a "personal decision."

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Milan walkout re-ignites racism row in Italy

* Milan will walk out of all matches if subjected to racism- Berlusconi * Authorities accused of not doing enough * Racism widespread in stadiums * Town brings civil suit against offending fans (Adds Berlusconi statement) By Naomi O'Leary
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