FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for the implementation of an automatic forfeit of games for teams whose fans commit racist abuse after the “totally abhorrent” incidents at Udinese and Sheffield Wednesday.
AC Milan’s players walked off the pitch after France international goalkeeper Mike Maignan reportedly heard monkey noises coming from a section of the crowd at the Stadio Friuli.
Milan’s players eventually returned to secure a 3-2 victory in added time but Infantino said there should be harsher punishments.
Maignan said something had to change as racist abuse has been part of football for too long.
“This shouldn’t exist in the world of football, but unfortunately for many years this is a recurrence,” he told Milan TV after confirming he heard fans making monkey noises.
Milan and city rivals Inter have both publicly supported Maignan, Serie A said it “condemns all forms of racism”, while France striker Kylian Mbappe said “enough is enough”.