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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:17 PM

Racist chanting at profession soccer player causes something awesome to happen

http://www.upworthy.com/racist-chanting-at-a-professional-soccer-player-causes-something-awesome-to-happ?c=ufb1

When AC Milan's midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng hears some vulgar and racist chants from the crowd, he decides enough is enough. He punts the ball toward the racist fans, and in a display of sportsmanship that will surely be talked about for some time, he proceeds to leave the field followed by his teammates and the ENTIRE opposing team. As all the players left the field together, the message to the fan community couldn't be clearer: It doesn't matter if you're a supporter, we will not play for racists.

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Reply Racist chanting at profession soccer player causes something awesome to happen (Original post)
WillParkinson Jan 2013 OP
Lars39 Jan 2013 #1
freshwest Jan 2013 #42
BabbaTam Jan 2013 #68
randome Jan 2013 #2
Fantastic Anarchist Jan 2013 #21
randome Jan 2013 #24
Fantastic Anarchist Jan 2013 #30
Bernardo de La Paz Jan 2013 #38
RedCappedBandit Jan 2013 #40
GOTV Jan 2013 #58
randome Jan 2013 #54
RedCloud Jan 2013 #62
libdem4life Jan 2013 #3
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #18
libdem4life Jan 2013 #23
Jazzgirl Jan 2013 #25
libdem4life Jan 2013 #28
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #35
freshwest Jan 2013 #41
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #45
freshwest Jan 2013 #43
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #4
jtuck004 Jan 2013 #9
uponit7771 Jan 2013 #5
Spazito Jan 2013 #6
malaise Jan 2013 #7
seabeyond Jan 2013 #8
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #48
jtuck004 Jan 2013 #10
iandhr Jan 2013 #11
LittleBlue Jan 2013 #12
geardaddy Jan 2013 #27
muriel_volestrangler Jan 2013 #31
geardaddy Jan 2013 #32
Democracyinkind Jun 2013 #71
iandhr Jan 2013 #13
passy Jan 2013 #14
johnp3907 Jan 2013 #26
TDale313 Jan 2013 #15
radicalliberal Jan 2013 #16
BlancheSplanchnik Jan 2013 #17
joeglow3 Jan 2013 #19
vaberella Jan 2013 #49
WilliamPitt Jan 2013 #53
joeglow3 Jan 2013 #61
SemperEadem Jan 2013 #64
crim son Jan 2013 #65
11 Bravo Jan 2013 #20
libdem4life Jan 2013 #29
Aristus Jan 2013 #34
Janecita Jan 2013 #60
Great Caesars Ghost Jan 2013 #22
DrewFlorida Jan 2013 #33
Hamlette Jan 2013 #36
trublu992 Jan 2013 #37
ManiacJoe Jan 2013 #39
vaberella Jan 2013 #50
ManiacJoe Jan 2013 #52
Angry Dragon Jan 2013 #44
grantcart Jan 2013 #46
vaberella Jan 2013 #51
mwooldri Jan 2013 #59
vaberella Jan 2013 #47
cali Jan 2013 #66
FleetwoodMac Jan 2013 #55
billbailey19448jj Jan 2013 #56
Cha Jan 2013 #57
Odin2005 Jan 2013 #63
alfredo Jan 2013 #67
troglen Jun 2013 #69
alfredo Jun 2013 #70

Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:20 PM

1. wow

Awesome is right.

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:35 PM

42. Youtube version:


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Response to freshwest (Reply #42)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:07 PM

68. Thanks

I enjoyed seeing how it played out.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:26 PM

2. You should perhaps mention that this is a video.

Many of us don't want to be caught watching videos at work.

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Response to randome (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:28 PM

21. You can't tell it's a video?

Really????

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #21)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:31 PM

24. Not what I meant. I went to the site expecting an article.

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Response to randome (Reply #24)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:47 PM

30. Mmmkay ...

...and you found out it was a video, so you didn't have to play it.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #30)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:51 PM

38. I too do not want to waste my time getting spoon fed at video rates.

Sometimes a video is just right, probably even in this case, but I am glad there was a summary I could read in seconds and recommend the thread. I will not spend a couple of minutes while a video makes a point I can read in seconds. Many people are in love with videos over reading, but they don't realize how inefficient videos usually are.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #38)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:05 PM

40. So damn true! eom

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Response to RedCappedBandit (Reply #40)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:41 AM

58. The worst is when people make videos of text ...

... each sentence fades in and out over overly dramatic or overly sentimental music.

It takes minutes to read seconds worth of material.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #30)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:00 PM

54. Slow Internet connection at work. I wasted valuable seconds!



But good outcome to a nasty event. Hope whoever it was who did the taunting learned something.

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Response to randome (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:16 AM

62. this video is very important.

The whole world is watching.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:35 PM

3. Tears of pride ... racism, and sexism, and homophobia, et al starting to get a bad name.

I wonder if the game reconvened...if it did or not, someone or a group of them...as well as every live or replay viewer...got an incredible message.

And I'd like to believe that re-electing a black president speaks powerfully when he has used the international bully pulpit to affirm gay marriage and made significant appointments for qualified women, has a lot to do with it.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:14 PM

18. I totally believe that a leader sets the tone for a. country

It takes some time to change but people DO act what they see.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #18)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:30 PM

23. I loved the DU story of a gay couple in line for fast food...an ugly comment...and the entire line

shouted them down. I am so grateful each time a new story like this shows up.

The message in the line and the stadium was one no one will ever forget. A few will be changed.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:35 PM

25. Not only did they get shouted down

but the owner of the truck told them they could not get any service and get out of line. Wonderful!

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Response to Jazzgirl (Reply #25)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:41 PM

28. Yes. "We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service..." Modern interpretation !!!

almost forgot that part.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:43 PM

35. yes indeed. like no one gets out on the dance floor until someone goes first

People learn to stand up when they see others

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #35)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:33 PM

41. Well said. A good example is stronger than words.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #41)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:04 PM

45. ....



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Response to libdem4life (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:40 PM

43. Tears, too. The world is changing!

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:38 PM

4. kick

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:26 PM

9. LOL. But yeah n/t

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:40 PM

5. Conservatives should be punting their ball.............never

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:44 PM

6. Wow! That really was awesome!

Thanks for posting this, it is very encouraging toward thinking things ARE changing for the better.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:44 PM

7. Saw this on the weekend

While it was wonderful, I'm not sure the players would have walked off if they were not playing in a friendly match.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:09 PM

8. THAT, is damn awesome. unity. that is how we beat this racist, homophobic, misogynist shit...

thank you will

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:13 PM

48. yeah!

When people are united they can accomplish anything....in Nichiren Buddhism, Nichiren refers to many bodies being one in mind. He's referring to many diverse people having a common goal...like what we're seeing now. People are realizing that most of us desire mutual respect, justice, support---basically, equal opportunity and kindness.

We don't necessarily have to be in the same location, but we are seeing around the world that people are uniting in these goals.

Patti Smith--People have the power! ....To wrestle the earth from fools. (Oh just thinking of that song and her voice gives me the goosebumps. )

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:27 PM

10. K&R. n/t

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:27 PM

11. This is great.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:29 PM

12. This has been happening in Europe for a long time and won't change any time soon

AC Milan play in a big city, but in the smaller, less cosmopolitan cities, racism is the norm.

It's not the first time a black player has walked off for racism (happens in Russia often), and it won't be the last. FIFA is run by Sepp Blatter, an open racist.




^These were just awarded the hosts of a World Cup

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Response to LittleBlue (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:40 PM

27. I thought WC 2014 was in Brazil?

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #27)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:59 PM

31. That was awarded some time ago; Russia has it in 2018

and they've also awarded it to Qatar for 2022 (who don't have racist fans, but who are suspected of massive bribery to get the World Cup to go to such a tiny country with no football tradition at all).

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #31)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:02 PM

32. Ah, thanks.

Yeah, Russia is notorious.

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Response to LittleBlue (Reply #12)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 06:08 AM

71. Sepp Blatter is not an open racist.


If you have evidence for it, please cite it. Or I can't believe your assertion.

Sepp Blatter is a lot of things. Immoral, corrupt, a nitwit - but an open racist he is not. (Or I must have missed something BIG, which is not likely, as Blatter is one of the most covererd public figuers where I live.)

FIFA may have it's problems but one cannot say that Blatter has not done and achieved allot in making FIFA an anti-racist organisation. They've spent tons of money combating the racist bigotry of the yokels who go to these games. Honestly, at this point, I'm not sure what FIFA could do in addition to their ongoing efforts.

Which is not to say that Blatter and FIFA aren't corrupt to the bone.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:31 PM

13. Unrelated he is also a star of the game.

He played for Germany's national team for the Euro 2012 tournament.

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Response to iandhr (Reply #13)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:48 PM

14. Wrong brother

JÚrome Boateng http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Boateng is the one who plays for Germany. Kevin Prince plays for Ghana. BTW here is one of his best ever goals:

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Response to passy (Reply #14)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:38 PM

26. Thanks for this clip.

Great goal!

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:55 PM

15. Great video/story. Thanks for posting.

So proud of the players- on both teams.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:06 PM

16. This is a wonderful story! This is great!

There's so much news that is horrifying and enrages us so much (Newtown, Steubenville) that it's really great to hear good news about people who stand up for honor and principles. I'm not a sports fan, but I love those guys! They are the real role models.

Thanks, Will!

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:09 PM

17. FANTASTIC!

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:16 PM

19. Sucks if you paid for a once a year treat for your family.

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Response to joeglow3 (Reply #19)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:15 PM

49. It shouldn't. You just got to see history being made. That is a teaching moment. n/t

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Response to joeglow3 (Reply #19)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:56 PM

53. Really?

I'd think the life lesson there for your kids would be worth 10x the price of admission.

But that's me.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #53)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:28 AM

61. I teach my kids life lessons every day for free.

I don't need to spend $100+ for a game one time a year for them to get the same lessons I give them every day.

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Response to joeglow3 (Reply #61)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:55 PM

64. then perhaps you will impress upon the racists

sitting next to you to pipe down instead of risking the loss of $100 for a yearly jaunt to see a soccer game.

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Response to joeglow3 (Reply #61)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:03 PM

65. I get your point

but wow, this lesson is worth more than a hundred bucks a pop. A game is just a game, no matter how expensive. What happened on the field is life-changing.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:20 PM

20. OUTSTANDING! (But I wish I spoke Italian in order to understand what the broadcaster was saying.)

Any bi-lingual DUers who could give us a synopsis?

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #20)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:43 PM

29. I was thinking the same thing, but just knowing the gist and hearing the inflections was priceless.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #29)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:09 PM

34. I know a little, but most of what I caught was:

"Incredible...incredible...truly incredible...truly incredible..."

I told you I only knew a little...

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:04 AM

60. He 's saying

It's embarrassing that four racist idiots ruined the game for everyone.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:29 PM

22. From the CNN news link:

 

"Boateng is not the first footballer to take a stand over racist abuse.

Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o threatened to leave the field back in February 2006 after being subjected to racist abuse and pelted with bottles during a game against Real Zaragoza.

The Cameroon forward, who now plays for Anzhi Makhachkala, tried to walk off only to be persuaded to remain by then manager Frank Rijkaard.

And in 2011, Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos walked off the field after a banana was thrown at him during a Russian league game."

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:03 PM

33. That is awesome to see people standing together against hateful assholes!

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:25 PM

36. love this

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:18 PM

37. It's a start hope Serena and Venus Williams will do the same when they hear racist slurs as well!

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Response to trublu992 (Reply #37)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:02 PM

39. Does that normally happen at tennis matches?

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #39)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:20 PM

50. Yes. Yes it does. I have heard it at Wimbledon matches. I believe the same for US OPEN.

Although the second one I don't watch since I hate seeing tennis on clay.

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Response to vaberella (Reply #50)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:53 PM

52. Interesting. I guess I never paid enough attention to the fans during tennis.


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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:56 PM

44. good for all of them

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Response to grantcart (Reply #46)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:24 PM

51. Blatter is full of it. Zero tolerance is zero tolerance. It is not running away but taking a stand.

I am playing because I love the sport and to give you entertainment. If my entertainment is subjected to that time of HATE that is therefore intolerable---therefore I walk off. If anyone else wants to play under those conditions...fine. Zero Tolerance must be defined as there has to be some sort of consequence if the action is intolerable. Thank you Berlusconi.

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Response to vaberella (Reply #51)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:03 AM

59. Agreed, Blatter is speaking from both ends.

Saying zero tolerance to racism, yet criticising the players for walking off the pitch. Cant have it both ways.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:13 PM

47. That is awesome. I wonder if that will ever happen in the US. n/t

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Response to vaberella (Reply #47)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:20 PM

66. There isn't the same kind of fan based

toxic racism anywhere else in sports. European Soccer is infamous for this. And no, it simply wouldn't happen at an American pro soccer game or basketball game or baseball game or football game.

Am I saying racism doesn't exist in American sports? Of course not, but I am saying that the shit that happens at soccer games across Europe does not happen at any professional game in this country.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:49 AM

55. Unfortunately, racism in soccer is still a reality in Italy, and Spain

Even after the near extinction of the powerful ultras, you still get the occasional retard in the stadium.

It's much better in England though, as not only do the officials crack down on these degenerates, even the fans go after them.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:06 AM

56. What a great guy that midfielder is. Kudos to him

 

And those ignorant bigoted fans hopefully learned a good lesson from all of this.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:35 AM

57. Heartening for the Human Race! thanks Will nm

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:27 PM

63. Those players are much better people than their idiot hooligan fans.

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Response to WillParkinson (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:25 PM

67. Where's my AC Milan jersey?

Boateng!

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Response to alfredo (Reply #67)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 10:52 PM

69. AC Milan football shirt

Question :Which AC Milan football shirt caused racial discrimination.

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Response to troglen (Reply #69)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 11:29 PM

70. You mean the ones that spoke out against racism?

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