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Botafogo's Clarence Seedorf: Milan were wrong to walk off

Botafogo midfielder Clarence Seedorf has questioned former club Milan for their stance to abandon Thursday’s friendly with Pro Patria after a number of players were racially abused.

The Rossoneri refused to continue the match as M'Baye Niang, Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng were the victims of racist chants during the match, with the latter stopping play 26 minutes into the game.

However, while the Diavolo have been widely praised for hitting back at the racists, Seedorf is not convinced that was the best response.

The 36-year-old said: "Milan were wrong to leave the field of play. In doing so they gave space to these people who have racist behaviour.

"They should just be identified and kicked out of the stadium. Leave the 90 per cent that were enjoying the match and finish the game.

"If Boateng was able to identify the whole corner, you just kick the whole corner out – that is how I think it should be handled.

"Walking away? Yes, you send a signal. But this has happened more than once and I don't think it really changes all that much.

"We are just empowering that little group with their behaviour to make this mess."

Seedorf spent 10 years at Milan before leaving the San Siro at the end of the last campaign.


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