Lega Pro take action against lower league team after friendly game against AC Milan was abandoned due to racist chanting.
Pro Patria have been ordered to play a match behind closed doors following racial abuse aimed at AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng in a friendly match last week.
Kevin-Prince Boateng kicked the ball into the crowd and led his fellow AC Milan players off the pitch following racist abuse from Pro Patria fans. The opposition players and officials followed him off the pitch, after the stadium announcer had already tried to stop the chanting.
Lega Pro, the lower-league governing body in Italian football, have released a statement saying: "'(The Lega Pro) will impose on the club Aurora Pro Patria the sanction of the obligation to play a league match behind closed doors, with immediate effect, with the caveat that further breach will be evaluated as an occurrence of multiple violations, for the purposes of the subsequent sanction."
"The penalty to be imposed for incidents of this nature must be not only punitive but also preventative in order to avoid repetition of the episodes themselves. In the current season, Pro Patria have already been punished for similar incidents with the fine of 5,000 euros. That previous sanction has been shown to be ineffective by this recidivist behaviour." Lega Pro also stated that, should there be another incident involving Pro Patria, harsher sanctions will be taken.
Sky Sports report that some Pro Patria fans were arrested and hit with a 5-match ban. Show Racism the Red Card praise this swift action and that of Lega Pro, pending the verdict.