Cheltenham suffer Hooman blow

BY foxsports • January 16, 2013

AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has been invited to attend the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in March following his recent stand against racist abuse.

Boateng has been widely praised after he walked off the pitch during Milan's match against fourth-tier side Pro Patria on January 3, having been subjected to a barrage of abuse from a section of the home fans.

The likes of Nigel de Jong, Rio Ferdinand and Vincent Kompany, in addition to his Milan team-mates, praised the former Portsmouth and Tottenham player's actions, which prompted the match to be abandoned.

Today the UN offered its own support to Boateng by inviting the Ghanaian to their annual racism awareness event, which has been held annually on March 21 since 1966.

"Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has been invited to the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination organised by the United Nations on Thursday, March 21st," read a statement on Milan's official website.

"The event will take place at the National Building in Geneva and will concentrate on Racism in Sport."

The news comes on the back of the judgment by the Italian football league not to take action against Boateng or Milan over the Pro Patria incident.

Serie A sporting judge Giampaolo Tosel said in a statement yesterday: "In footballing terms, no team can abandon a game out of their own choice, it must be down to the referee who makes this decision or public authorities.

"However, if a player is being racially insulted and his team-mates show solidarity by supporting their team-mate, the essential value of sports and civility mean the club cannot be penalised.

"For this reason, the judge will not issue any punishment to Milan."

Boateng's actions have not been universally welcomed within the game, however, with FIFA president Sepp Blatter warning that "running away" from racism is not the answer.

The 21-year-old has not featured for the Robins since October after going out on loan to Bath City, but will undergo surgery this week in an attempt to make a return to first-team action.

Hooman is manager Mark Yates' only injury concern at the moment, with an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of Friday's trip to Morecambe.

Senior sports therapist Ian Weston told the club's official website: "It's a blow for Harry.

"He will go into surgery and will be in a cast for two weeks following the operation.

"He'll then be moved into another cast for another four weeks which will give him more movement in the foot but, after that, it will be a period of rehab to get back fit and involved."


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