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Sassuolo midfielder Kevin Prince-Boateng has said nothing has changed in football with regards to racism since his protest almost six years ago when he walked off the pitch during a friendly against Pro Patria as a member of AC Milan.
Boateng joined the new FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination shortly after but has now told ESPN FC’s James Horncastle the group didn’t talk to him for very long and it all amounted to nothing:
“I had three or four ideas. I put them out there. I spoke to them about it. But at the end of the day, nothing happened. Nothing changed. It’s just Champions League. ‘Say No to Racism.’ That’s it.
“The only thing that has changed is that racism is more hidden. It’s not up front anymore or people chanting or whatever because they know there’s going to be sanctions, people are going to watch [them]. So it’s just a little bit more hidden. But it’s still there because if you see the last five years, a lot of things happen still, and it’s very alarming because after five years nothing has happened, nothing has changed. That’s sad.”
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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