AC Milan players walked off in disgust after their black players were racially abused during their friendly with Pro Patria as the match was suspended.

Forward Kevin-Prince Boateng even stopped dribbling with the ball during the game to boot it at the section of the crowd who were airing the racial slurs.

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Referees are empowered to stop a game if racist abuse has been aired and despite protestations from fourth division side Patria's players the match was abandoned.


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Pro Patria-Milan: match cancelled in Busto Arsizio. The red&blacks leaved the pitch for racist chants from the opponent's supporters.

Most in the stadium applauded the walk off after the referee halted the game.

The Pro Patria owner said: "Those people singing racist chants against Boateng aren't part of our ultras. It's up to authorities to tackle these episodes."

Urby Emanuelson, Sulley Muntari and M’Baye Niang were also reportedly targeted as well as Boateng.

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Afterward, Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said there needed to be a “signal” against racism, adding there has been “enough incivility.”

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  • AC Milan Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, right, is flanked by his teammate Mathieu Flamini as he gestures towards the crowd in Busto Arsizio, near Milan, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2012. A friendly match between AC Milan and lower division club Pro Patria was abandoned Thursday after racist chants directed at Milan's black players, the latest incident of racial abuse that continues to blight the sport. After repeated chants directed his way, Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng picked up the ball and kicked it at a section of the crowd in the 26th minute of the first half. Boateng then took off his shirt and walked off the pitch with his Milan teammates. Urby Emanuelson, Sulley Muntari and M'Baye Niang were also targeted by the chants. (AP Photo/Emilio Andreoli)

  • AC Milan Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari gestures towards the crowd in Busto Arsizio, near Milan, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2012. A friendly match between AC Milan and lower division club Pro Patria was abandoned Thursday after racist chants directed at Milan's black players, the latest incident of racial abuse that continues to blight the sport. After repeated chants directed his way, Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng picked up the ball and kicked it at a section of the crowd in the 26th minute of the first half. Boateng then took off his shirt and walked off the pitch with his Milan teammates. Urby Emanuelson, Sulley Muntari and M'Baye Niang were also targeted by the chants. (AP Photo/Emilio Andreoli)

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    Ac Milan's Ghanaian defender Prince Kevin Boateng reacts during the friendly football match between Pro Patria and Ac Milan in Busto Arsizio on January 3, 2012. Boateng stormed off the pitch after racist chants from a group of fans on Thursday, forcing a friendly away game against fourth-tier club Pro Patria to be suspended. 'Shame that these things still happen,' the 25-year-old German-born Ghanaian player said on his Twitter account after the match was stopped in the 26th minute when he led his team off the pitch. Boateng picked up the ball, kicked it towards the stands and walked off the pitch in Pro Patria's home town of Busto Arsizio near Milan. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO LINGRIA (Photo credit should read ALBERTO LINGRIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Ac Milan's Ghanaian defender Prince Kevin Boateng is pictured during the friendly football match between Pro Patria and Ac Milan in Busto Arsizio on January 3, 2012. Boateng stormed off the pitch after racist chants from a group of fans on Thursday, forcing a friendly away game against fourth-tier club Pro Patria to be suspended. 'Shame that these things still happen,' the 25-year-old German-born Ghanaian player said on his Twitter account after the match was stopped in the 26th minute when he led his team off the pitch. Boateng picked up the ball, kicked it towards the stands and walked off the pitch in Pro Patria's home town of Busto Arsizio near Milan. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO LINGRIA (Photo credit should read ALBERTO LINGRIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Ac Milan's Ghanaian defender Prince Kevin Boateng reacts during the friendly football match between Pro Patria and Ac Milan in Busto Arsizio on January 3, 2012. Boateng stormed off the pitch after racist chants from a group of fans on Thursday, forcing a friendly away game against fourth-tier club Pro Patria to be suspended. 'Shame that these things still happen,' the 25-year-old German-born Ghanaian player said on his Twitter account after the match was stopped in the 26th minute when he led his team off the pitch. Boateng picked up the ball, kicked it towards the stands and walked off the pitch in Pro Patria's home town of Busto Arsizio near Milan. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO LINGRIA (Photo credit should read ALBERTO LINGRIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Ac Milan's Ghanaian defender Prince Kevin Boateng leaves the pitch during the friendly football match between Pro Patria and Ac Milan in Busto Arsizio on January 3, 2012. Boateng stormed off the pitch after racist chants from a group of fans on Thursday, forcing a friendly away game against fourth-tier club Pro Patria to be suspended. 'Shame that these things still happen,' the 25-year-old German-born Ghanaian player said on his Twitter account after the match was stopped in the 26th minute when he led his team off the pitch. Boateng picked up the ball, kicked it towards the stands and walked off the pitch in Pro Patria's home town of Busto Arsizio near Milan. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO LINGRIA (Photo credit should read ALBERTO LINGRIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Ac Milan's Ghanaian defender Prince Kevin Boateng leaves the pitch during the friendly football match between Pro Patria and Ac Milan in Busto Arsizio on January 3, 2012. Boateng stormed off the pitch after racist chants from a group of fans on Thursday, forcing a friendly away game against fourth-tier club Pro Patria to be suspended. 'Shame that these things still happen,' the 25-year-old German-born Ghanaian player said on his Twitter account after the match was stopped in the 26th minute when he led his team off the pitch. Boateng picked up the ball, kicked it towards the stands and walked off the pitch in Pro Patria's home town of Busto Arsizio near Milan. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO LINGRIA (Photo credit should read ALBERTO LINGRIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Ac Milan's Ghanaian defender Prince Kevin Boateng leaves the pitch during the friendly football match between Pro Patria and Ac Milan in Busto Arsizio on January 3, 2012. Boateng stormed off the pitch after racist chants from a group of fans on Thursday, forcing a friendly away game against fourth-tier club Pro Patria to be suspended. 'Shame that these things still happen,' the 25-year-old German-born Ghanaian player said on his Twitter account after the match was stopped in the 26th minute when he led his team off the pitch. Boateng picked up the ball, kicked it towards the stands and walked off the pitch in Pro Patria's home town of Busto Arsizio near Milan. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO LINGRIA (Photo credit should read ALBERTO LINGRIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo said on Twitter: "In 2013, these things still happen .. how sad. Sorry for the families present and maximum solidarity to my comrades. #shame"


Riccardo Montolivo
Nel 2013 succedono ancora queste cose..che tristezza. Dispiaciuto per le famiglie presenti e massima solidarietà ai miei compagni.


Vincent Kompany
Act of racism against Boateng during Milan's friendly. How about becoming extremely intolerant towards racist idiots? They need to be told.


michael owen
That Prince Boatang footage from the Milan game is shocking. Shame it takes a player to do that instead of the authorities being proactive.


Kevin-Prince Boateng
Shame that these things still happen...


AC Milan
Let's together/Uniti contro il razzismo


Vincent Kompany
I can only salute Milan's decision to leave the pitch. Also noted that the majority of the fans were completely supportive of the players.


Umberto Gandini
Very proud of the Milan players who decided to walk off the pitch today for racist abuse from few idiots! No racism, no stupidity!