AC Milan have released an official statement thanking clubs and fans who have shown their support to Franck Kessie.
The Rossoneri prevailed 1-0 against Hellas Verona at the Stadio MarcAntonio Bentegodi on Sunday night in what was a fiery encounter from start to finish.
Mariusz Stepinski saw a red card in the early stages for a shocking high boot on Mateo Musacchio, while Davide Calabria was also sent off for what was adjudged to be a clothesline on Matteo Pessina.
Milan toiled but eventually broke the Verona resistance in the second half as Krzysztof Piatek got off the mark from the season, scoring a penalty after a Hakan Calhanoglu shot had been blocked by a hand.
During the game, Kessie received a hostile reception from the home crowd, with the general consensus being that it was racial abuse.
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Verona then hit back by instead asking for ‘respect’ in a statement on their official Twitter account, claiming that the noises being made were boos and not ‘monkey chants’.
A number of clubs, including Pescara, have shown their support to Kessie in what is another racist incident in the Italian game, and Milan have thanks those who have come forward and spoken out.
We want to thank all the clubs and football fans who showed their support for Franck Kessié.
Throughout our history, we've always honoured the values of Sport. That's why we condemn, once again, all forms of racism and discrimination: football should not divide but unite people. pic.twitter.com/TgpdeaBRbX
— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 16, 2019
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