AC Milan players face racist abuse in league match at Atlanta
More must be done to educate all elements of society about the attitudes and conditions that have lead to the construction of the concept of racism...
Following the racist abuse faced by AC Milan's Kevin Constant and Nigel De Jong, on Sunday, Atlanta have been fined by the Italian league.
Constant had just conceded a penalty to the home side, when a fan threw a banana onto the pitch.
The disciplinary panel have fined the Bergamo club 40,000 Euros and ordered that the Curva Nord stand be closed for one game.
Though this sanction is reported to have suspended for one year and will only take place if the Nerazzurri reoffend.
The actions at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia, were the third in as many weeks across Europe's top flight, with Dani Alves facing abuse at Villarreal before Papakouli Diop was taunted by Athletico Madrid fans.
Sadly, it's not the first time this season that Constant has been targeted, after the defender allegedly encountered racial abuse in pre season tournament against Sassuolo in July.
During the TIM Trophy tournament, the French-born Guinean International kicked the ball into crowd before walking off, and for his retaliation was fined a tenth of Sassuolo's 30,000 Euros punishment.
On Sunday's events, Milan manager Clarence Seedorf told Italian media: "I hope they find the culprit and do what they have to do..."
Show Racism the Red Card has been surprised by the lack of media coverage this incident has received, especially when compared with the reaction to the incident involving Dani Alves; where the full back had a banana thrown at him by a Villarreal supporter.
This incident also highlights the fallibility of campaigns that seek to make light of examples of racism rather then focus on the societal conditions that provide a foundation for such actions.
Show Racism the Red Card are saddened that this incident has happened at all, but especially so soon after the actions of the Villarreal fan appeared to be so widely condemned.
More must be done to educate all elements of society about the attitudes and conditions that have lead to the construction of the concept of racism in order to ensure that any response to such incidents creates the conditions in which difference is celebrated, rather than used as a vehicle for hate.