Udinese fan banned for life after racially abusing AC Milan

The Italian club Udinese has suspended one of its lifelong fans for directing racist abuse towards Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan during Saturday’s match.

Play was briefly suspended when Maignan and his Milan teammates left the field after alerting referee Fabio Maresca about the abuse.

According to Udinese, security cameras were used to identify the fan and work is underway to locate any other violators.

The ban will begin immediately.

The match was restarted approximately 10 minutes after the stoppage with Maignan back in goal. Udinese supporters booed him for the rest of the game every time he touched the ball. Striker Noah Okafor scored in stoppage time to give AC Milan a 3-2 victory.

This wasn’t the first time that Maignan has faced racist abuse during a match, and other Black players in Europe and around the world have faced similar. Despite the attempts of soccer’s governing bodies, this kind of behavior persists.

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