Monday, October 18, 2021

AC Milan file complaint after Bakayoko and Kessie racially abused by Lazio fans

AC Milan have filed a complaint to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office after Tiemoue Bakayoko accused Lazio fans of racially abusing him and his team-mate Franck Kessie.

The incident is alleged to have taken place during the course of Milan’s 2-0 win at the San Siro, and involved a racist chant.

By filing a complaint with the federal prosecutor, Milan are proactively bringing it to the attention of the Italian Football Federation’s (FIGC’s) disciplinary commission.

Bakayoko posted on Instagram: “To the Lazio supporters and the racist chants about me and my brother Franck Kessie I would like to say we’re stronger than you and we’re proud of the colour of our skin. I have full confidence in the club (Milan) and hope (the offenders) are identified.”

Bakayoko joined Milan on loan from Chelsea this summer, having already spent the 2018-19 season on loan at the club. He came on as a substitute, before being forced off with an injury himself after only 13 minutes.

It is not the first time that Bakayoko and Kessie have been on the receiving end of alleged abuse from Lazio fans.

In April 2019, racist chants and monkey noises were heard during their 1-0 Coppa Italia semi-final win against AC Milan. At that time, Lazio refused to condemn the chants, writing that: “[The club] rejects and contests the simplistic tendencies of certain media who consider the entire Lazio fan base as co-responsible for the acts of a few”.

Since that date, both UEFA and Serie A have either fined or imposed partial stadium bans on Lazio, after further accusations of racial abuse during games against Rennes and Brescia respectively.

Writing in an Instagram post this morning, Bakayoko said: “Thank you for the warm welcome Rossoneri. I’m unfortunately injured for my debut but the most important are the three points for the team.

“And to some Lazio fans and their racist cries towards me and my brother Franck Kessie. We are strong and proud of our skin colour. I have all my confidence in our club to identify them. #forzamilan #notoracism”.

AC Milan addressed the accusations via Twitter on Sunday night.

“Regarding the discriminatory chants towards our player Tiemoue Bakayoko coming from the opposition section, reported by some journalists and spectators, AC Milan is considering presenting a complaint to the FIGC after the appropriate checks.”

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