Boateng joins FIFA’s anti-racism task force

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, who led teammates off

the field in protest at being abused by fans in January, has joined

FIFA’s anti-racism task force.

Boateng put the racism struggle in football into sharp focus

with his walk-off during a friendly that initially drew criticism

from FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who said players mustn’t run away

from problems.

But Blatter has since defended the protest, and Boateng has

accepted an invitation to join the new task force during a meeting

at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on Friday.

Blatter wants teams whose fans are guilty of racist abuse to be

deducted points or even banned from competitions, saying ”it’s the

only way to threaten and stop those that create trouble.”

FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb heads the task force.