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At the beginning of 2013, former AC Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng made one of the biggest and defining moments against racism in professional football.

In a friendly match before the season resumed, the Ghana international was the subject of racist chants by the opposing team’s fans. Boateng became angry and frustrated with the chants, picked up the ball kicked it into the stands where the racist fans were seated and then walked off the pitch. After a moment of confusion, his AC Milan team mates decided to follow Boateng, leaving the pitch in support of the player against the racist fans. The match was then canceled. 
This marks the first time in football history that a match was abandoned due to racist abuse.

This challenged the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) policy that players must stay on the pitch regardless of abusive or racist chants.

Rather than disciplining the player and the team for leaving the pitch in the middle of a match, the Italian club, AC Milan, supported the players decision by making personalised “AC Milan against racism” jerseys for the players to wear before their next league match.

March 19, 2017: THE PLAYERS LEAVING ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY

13 Red and Blacks have been called up with their national teams

As International duties are back, the league will take a week break but the Rossoneri will be busy either with their national sides or at Milanello. But let’s take a deeper look at the full schedule of the 13 Red and Blacks.

Seven are the AC Milan players called-up with Italy. With Mattia De Sciglio, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Alessio Romagnoli who make it into Giampiero Ventura’s squad that will face Albania, next March 24th, in Palermo in a match valid for the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. An important clash for Italy who share with Spain first place in Group G. Four days later, the Azzurri will take the field in a friendly match against The Netherlands in a footballing classic that looks to be pretty entertaining.
The Azzurri will also be home to Manuel Locatelli and Davide Calabria who will play with Italy U21 against Poland (in Cracow, on March 23rd) and Spain (in Rome, on March 27th). Finally, Alessandro Plizzari and Patrick Cutrone will take part in the stage organised by the Italian Federation with the U19 team.

Going back to the World Cup Qualifiers, two Red and Blacks will be ready to take the field with Colombia: Carlos Bacca and Cristian Zapata will face Bolivia on March 23rd and Ecuador on the 27th in a tight group which sees 4 teams in 4 points. Also Gustavo Gomez will take a trip to his home country Paraguay to play Ecuador on March 23rd and Brazil on the 28th.

Our attention goes now to the Old Continent, with Gerard Deulofeu who has made it into Spain’s squad for the match against Israel on March 24th. The Red Furies will then fly to Paris where they will take on France in a friendly match.
It’s still Europe with Juraj Kucka’s Slovakia who will take a trip to Malta on March 26th to try and take home the three points against the hosts, bottom of Group F with 0 points.

Finally, we go to the Far East to follow Keisuke Honda ready to take the field with Japan in the matches against UAE on March 23rd and Thailand on the 28th.