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Racist abuse towards AC Milan and Coventry City players sparks international outcry for football to ‘take action’ | UK News

Racist abuse aimed at football players at two separate matches has triggered an international outcry, with demands for the sport to “take action”.

AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan and Coventry City midfielder Kasey Palmer both paused their respective games and spoke to the referees on Saturday after they were subjected to offensive gestures and noises.

Palmer, 27, was seen going to retrieve the ball from behind the goal during the closing stages of Coventry City’s 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday, before sharply turning away and motioning towards referee Anthony Backhouse and pointing towards the crowd at Hillsborough.

He appeared to indicate an individual had made a monkey sign towards him. A bottle thrown from the stand also appeared to strike another Coventry player.

Palmer pointed to the crowd as he told the referee about the gesture. Pic: Sky Sports

Meanwhile, AC Milan players followed Maignan as he walked off the pitch at Udinese’s Bluenergy Stadium in Italy, after he said individuals in the crowd made monkey chants towards him.

The incidents have triggered a backlash across the sport.

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This notice was published: 2024-01-21 00:58:00

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