Union leader 'proud' of Boateng

Zurich - Footballers' union leader Theo van Seggelen says he's proud of Kevin-Prince Boateng's protest against racist abuse by fans, but agrees with Sepp Blatter that players leaving the pitch is not the answer.

Fifpro general secretary Van Seggelen said Boateng chose “the right moment” to lead off his AC Milan team mates and stop a friendly last Friday.

Kevin-Prince Boateng leads his AC Milan team mates off the field during their friendly against Pro Patria in Busto Arsizio, after racist chants from a group of fans, forcing the away game against fourth-tier club Pro Patria to be suspended. Credit: AFP

The Dutch official acknowledged that “when it is the Champions League final, the circumstances are different”.

Van Seggelen said: “We have regulations for that. The referee is the only one who can stop the game.”

Van Seggelen backed Fifa president Blatter who praised Boateng on Monday as “courageous,” before adding in his world player of the year ceremony speech that players walking off “cannot be the solution in the long term”. - Sapa-AP

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