Former Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng to start anti-racism task force

Kevin-Prince Boateng has vowed to attempt to end racism in football by setting up his own task force in 2020.

The former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder is determined to take action amid a string of racist incidents across Europe, the latest seeing Excelsior’s Ahmad Mendes Moreira leaving the field in the middle of his Dutch second division match at Den Bosch on Sunday.

The 32-year-old has been vocal against racism for the greater part of his career and has been spurred to take action after a spate of incidents in 2019.

“I'll do it in 2020. I'm organising my task force with events, involving other players,” Boateng told Italian publication Corriere Della Sera.

Boateng is determined to make a stand after himself and Mario Balotelli have suffered racist abuse in recent years. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

“I'm sick, people don't understand how Balotelli, Boateng or Koulibaly feel when they get home. We are alone.

“I get crazy when I hear comments like 'five million, so much you earn', there are scars on you that you can't erase.”

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Boateng, now at Fiorentina, faced a similar situation himself while playing a friendly for AC Milan against Pro Patria in 2013.

He picked up the match-ball inside the first half and launched it into the crowd, before removing his shirt and leaving the field as players and officials followed him.

It was one of the earlier instances of players taking action after suffering abuse from the crowd.

Kevin-Prince Boateng was one of a number of players who suffered abuse in 2013 and walked off the pitch. (ALBERTO LINGRIA/AFP via Getty Images)
Fellow midfielder Sulley Muntari and teammates Urby Emanuelson and M'Baye Niang were also targeted by the chants. (AP Photo/Emilio Andreoli)

“The situation has worsened [since then],” he added. “At the time we played a friendly match, now such behaviour should be repeated if necessary in a championship match.

“Compared to then, even more money is running and more and more children are watching us. We need more drastic measures.

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“Disqualification of the camp, companies must pay for the behaviour of their fans. And then in the stadiums, more cameras should be installed to identify those who perform certain gestures.

“In any case, we players should ensure greater peace of mind for the referee, so that even in the face of pressure from the public in certain circumstances he has the strength to say ‘you don't play anymore.’” 

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