Goalkeeper Walks Off During Racist Chants From Fans

AC Milan's Mike Maignan apparently had gone to the referee earlier in the match
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 20, 2024 3:40 PM CST
Goalkeeper Walks Off During Racist Chants From Fans
Roma's Leandro Paredes, right, scores a penalty, his side's first goal, past AC Milan's goalkeeper Mike Maignan in Milan on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan walked off the field Saturday after being subjected to racist chants by soccer fans during a top-tier Italian league game in Udine—prompting the match to be suspended briefly. Shortly after Milan had scored to take a 1-0 lead and was about to take a goal kick, Maignan signaled to his teammates to stop, walked to the referee, then to the sideline. Teammates attempted to console Maignan, the AP reports, but the French international took his gloves off and walked down the tunnel leading off the field.

Maignan, who is Black, had also told the referee about chants earlier during the match, prompting an announcement in the stadium asking fans to stop. They resumed about five minutes after the suspension when Maignan and teammates came back out. "There is absolutely no place in our game for racism: we are appalled," Milan posted on X. "We are with you, Mike."

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