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Udinese today issued a statement in response to the racist abuse suffered by Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan, condemning the “deplorable incident”.
The Rossoneri number one left the field during the first half of the Serie A clash between the two teams on Saturday evening after being subjected to racist insults by some Udinese fans behind his goal. Play eventually resumed and AC Milan won 3-2 after a late goal. The incident was widely shared on social networks and led to a wave of support for Maignan, who personally called on “the whole system to take responsibility” in the ongoing fight against racism in soccer. AC Milan decided to remain silent on social networks for a day in support of their goalkeeper. In response to the incident, Udinese issued an official statement today, promising to help identify the fans responsible for Maignan’s racist abuse.
“Udinese Calcio regrets and deeply condemns any act of racism and violence. We reaffirm our abhorrence of all forms of discrimination and express our deep solidarity with AC Milan player Mike Maignan in light of the deplorable incident that took place in our stadium on Saturday. Udinese will collaborate with all investigating authorities to ensure immediate clarification of the incident, with the aim of taking all necessary measures to punish those responsible. As an institution, we will continue to work diligently, as we always have, to promote diversity and integration of all ethnicities, cultures and languages among our players, staff, fans and city.” Udinese director Federico Balzaretti spoke to Sky Sports Italia and DAZN after the defeat to AC Milan, promising that there will be consequences “for the fans responsible and condemning the incident.