Sports News of Friday, 18 January 2013
Source: 90 MINUTES
What started as an angry reaction to a silly misguided minority of football fans has earned Kevin-Prince Boateng a hero status as the United Nations (UN) has invited him to help commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Boateng kicked the ball into the fans of Auro Pro Patria who aimed monkey noises at him and some of his black colleagues and led his Milan colleagues off the pitch during a friendly match.
That action met worldwide admiration as footballers and managers alike took turns to pat him on the back for mustering the courage to dare stop a football match on his own, albeit a minority who either felt Boateng’s action was not the right way to tackle the canker that racism is or that the people of Busto Arizo couldn’t be branded as racists.
The top hierarchy of UN felt inviting the Ghanaian midfielder to add some colour to the celebration of was a no-brainer following how the world of football had sung his praise.
They believe there couldn’t be a better ambassador to play a role on a day the world body will be looking to drum home the essence of racial tolerance especially in sport, an area that has really been saturated with various forms of abuse to coloured players.
The UN will officially be the second high-profile institution to give thumbs-up to Boateng for the action taken after his kit sponsors, Nike. The UN event, which takes place in Geneva on March 21, has been in place since 1966.