Mike Maignan, Milan players walk off the field after alleged racial abuse in Serie A match at Udinese

Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan was allegedly subjected to racist chants by Udinese fans during the first half of Milan’s match against Udinese on Saturday. Megan left the field with his teammates after addressing referee Fabio Maresca about the incident and the match was suspended for 10 minutes with Milan leading 1–0.

During halftime, Milan posted a brief statement in support of their goalkeeper:

The club said, “There is absolutely no room for racism in our game: we are horrified.” “We’re with you, Mike.”

Megan speaks

After the match, Maignan spoke to Milan TV about the incident, saying that he heard monkey noises from the fans.

“I heard them making monkey noises,” he said. “The first time, I didn’t say anything. The second time, I went to the dugout to tell them what happened behind the goal. This should not exist in the world of football, but unfortunately, for many years it has been a repetition ,” Megan said. “We all have to react, we have to do something because you can’t play like this. OK, we accept the praise because it’s away from home but this issue of racism should not reach this level.”

Maignan had previously faced abuse from defender Fikayo Tomori in a match against Cagliari last season, leading to a scuffle between the two players. Milan came back to win the match against Udinese through a stoppage-time goal from Noah Okafor in the 93rd minute of the game.

support signals

There have also been messages of support for Megan since the game.

“You are far from alone, Mike Maignan. We are all with you,” said the PSG superstar and France national team teammate. Kylian Mbappe said. “Still the same problems and still no solutions. Enough is enough.”

USMNT internationals Christian Pulisic, Yunus Musah and Tim Weah also showed support on their Instagram stories. Pulisic and Musa are teammates at Milan while they play for Scudetto rivals Juventus.

Serie A also condemned all forms of racism

Another incident took place in the world of football on Saturday in the match between Coventry City and Sheffield Wednesday, after which a statement came from FIFA.

“The events that took place in Udine and Sheffield on Saturday are utterly disgusting and completely unacceptable. There is no place for racism or discrimination of any kind in both football and society. The players affected by Saturday’s events have my full support ” , FIFA President Gianni Infantino said. “We need all relevant stakeholders to take action, starting with education in schools so that future generations understand this is not part of football or society.”

Infantino also called for the implementation of an automatic forfeiture as part of the match stoppage process, where it is currently waived on the third occurrence of a match stoppage. It remains to be seen whether an investigation takes place and what punishment is potentially given to the alleged abusers.

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