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Boateng to meet Blatter about tackling racism

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ZURICH (AP)

Kevin-Prince Boateng will meet with FIFA president Sepp Blatter later this month to discuss ways of tackling racism in football.

FIFA says the AC Milan midfielder is scheduled to make a courtesy visit with Blatter in Zurich on March 22.

Boateng became the focus of anti-racism efforts in world football in January. The Ghana international led Milan teammates off the pitch to protest against racial abuse from fans of a fourth-tier Italian team during a friendly.

Blatter praised Boateng for making a ''strong and courageous stand,'' though 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 incident, to stress that unilaterally leaving the pitch ''cannot be the solution.''



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