Kevin-Prince Boateng to meet FIFA boss for anti-racism talks
By Ameenu Shardow
Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng will meet with FIFA President Sepp Blatter later this month to discuss ways of dealing with racism in soccer.
FIFA says the AC Milan star is scheduled to visit Blatter in Zurich on March 22.
Boateng became the focus of anti-racism efforts in world soccer in January.
The ex Ghana international led his Milan teammates off the field to protest against racial abuse from fans of a fourth-tier Italian team during an exhibition match.
Blatter praised Boateng for making a ”strong and courageous stand,” though he faced criticism for saying that players mustn’t run away from problems.
The FIFA President used his speech at the world player of the year gala, held four days after the match, to stress that leaving the field ”cannot be the solution.”
The situation has put the former Germany youth international in the limelight as an anti-racism ambassador.
Boateng and his model girlfriend Melissa Sata have already been signed onto a campaign to fight against racism and discrimination in Italy.