Friendly football match in Italy called off for the first time due to racist chants

In football news, 

AC Milan striker Kevin-Prince Boateng stormed off the pitch this morning, following racist chants during a friendly match. 

Milan were up against 4th-division club Pro Patria. 

But the game came to a halt when the 25-year-old German-born Ghanaian player, led his fellow team-mates off the pitch, after racial chants from a group of local fans. 

Boateng picked up the ball, kicked it towards the Pro Patria stands and walked off the pitch in the stadium. 

His teammates followed him despite Pro Patria players begging them to stay and whistles from most of the home fans against the racists. 

The referee had already suspended the game twice before Boateng's outburst for repeated insults against the striker and fellow black teammates Sulley Muntari, M'Baye Niang 
and Urby Emanuelson. 

This was reportedly the first time in Italy, that a football game had been suspended because of racist chants. 


In local football news, 

National team manager Eugene Loo has resigned from his post after 9 years. 

The 39 year old is leaving due to family commitments. 

His resignation comes on the back of the departure of national coach Raddy Avramovic. 

Eugene, who just became a first-time father a few months ago, was appointed the Lions team manager in 2004. 

And under his watch, our Lions won the ASEAN Championships 3 times. 

He was also the team manager of the Lions 12, the Courts Young Lions and the SEA Games squad. 

The Football Association of Singapore, says it's now looking to find a suitable replacement. 


Still on local football, 

Our Lions XII wrapped up their pre-season preparations with last night's 2-1 win over Pahang. 

In Kuantan, newcomer Nazrul Nazri and Fazrul Nawaz scored in the 1st half for the Singapore side. 

Yesterday's win marked the end of a 2-week pre-season training stint which included a 5-1 thrashing of SAFFC and a 1-1 draw against Home United. 

Our Lions XII under head coach V Sundramoorthy will start their 2013 Malaysian Super League campaign next Wednesday with a clash against Malaysia Cup finalists ATM in Negeri Sembilan.