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Report: Milan will lead the racism battle in Italy

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AC Milan is launching an anti-racism task force at this weekends Milan derby.

In light of an upsurge in recent racist activity in football. In particular, the incidents that have marred Italian football of late. AC Milan is taking the battle to racism.

At the Milan derby on Saturday evening, the AC Milan anti-racism task force will be in operation.

While on a broader scale, the likes of English football has been hit by social media campaigns against players.

Italian football has come in for some harsh criticism following outbursts my large sections of crowds at Serie A games.

In an official statement, CEO Ivan Gazidis told the clubs website, acmilan.com about the project and the Rossoneri’s decision to be a pioneer in the battle.

He said:

“Italian football needs to wake up and take a strong stance against racist behaviours.”

“AC Milan will take a leadership position on this issue, promoting basic human values that are relevant to us all.”

“Football provides a powerful example of the strength of unity and teamwork.”

“Diversity, inclusion, and tolerance enhance the strength of the team, the club and of society as a whole.”

“We believe that we have a moral obligation to do everything we can to address this issue.”

“This first significant step aims to visibly demonstrate that we will be proactive in our efforts to tackle racism in football.”

“These values transcend football rivalries and we are delighted to have the support of FC Inter for this initiative.”

The AC Milan president Paolo Scaroni also commented.

He added:

“I am pleased that AC Milan is taking action to address one of the most important issues in our game and our society.”

“This club has a powerful voice and I believe we can play an important role in the fight against racism.”

This Saturday’s match has been titled “Derby Against Racism.”

Both sets of players will join in a sign of unity in the fight against racism for a group picture before kick-off.