AC Milan player Kevin Constant walks off pitch over alleged racist abuse | inside World Soccer

AC Milan midfielder Kevin Constant walked out of a pre-season match against Sassuolo on Tuesday night after alleged racist abuse from the crowd.

Kevin Constant is held back by AC Milan teammates before walking out of match against Sassuolo
Kevin Constant is held back by AC Milan teammates before walking out of match against Sassuolo

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The incident took place during Milan's pre-season friendly against Serie A newcomers Sassuolo in the Trofeo TIM.

On 34 minutes, Constant suddenly picked the ball up and booted it into the stands before angrily storming off into the locker room.

Referee Andrea Gervasoni consequently ordered the stadium announcer to send out a message warning the crowd that the game would be suspended if any other incidents occurred.

Teenage midfielder Mario Piccinocchi replaced Constant, and Sasuolo went on to win the match 2-1.

This is not the first time a Milan player has been the subject of racial abuse as Kevin-Prince Boateng went through a similar situation last January during a friendly against Pro Patria.

It is understood that while Boateng was subjected to repeated racist chanting, Constant reacted to a single insult that was not heard by others.

Even so, the Italian authorities are sure to investigate and may take action against Serie B champions Sassuolo.


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