Udinese was ordered on Tuesday by the disciplinary committee of the Italian League to play a match behind closed doors after the racist insults uttered against the French goalkeeper of AC Milan Mike Maignan. A sanction described as a “joke” by Boateng, a former AC Milan player who left the pitch during a friendly match in 2013 against a lower division team, Pro Patria, after racist insults.
“No one cares about an empty stadium. The fans will watch the match on television and return to the stadium for the next match as if nothing had happened,” Boateng told Gazzetta Dello Sport. On the other hand, if their team loses, they are hit where it hurts... If the sanctions are not severe, nothing will change,” he said.
On Monday, Udinese announced that one of the spectators had been identified and banned for life from its stadium. “It’s a big decision, especially since they didn’t wait for a judgment to be rendered to act,” Boateng continued. The next time this happens, the club in question will not be able to do less, on the contrary it will have to do more, he continued. After that, the match would have to be lost by forfeit at the first manifestation of racism.”