FIFA president Sepp Blatter says Kevin-Prince Boateng was wrong to walk off the pitch after receiving racist insults in a recent friendly.
The AC Milan midfielder opted to leave the field during the Rossoneri's friendly with Pro Patria this week, after a small section of the home fans directed racial abuse towards the Ghana international and a pair of his teammates.
“Walk off? No, I don't think that is the solution,” Blatter told reporters in Dubai. “But the Italian federation have yet to provide FIFA with the report detailing what exactly has happened. I don't think you can run away, because eventually you can run away if you lose a match.
“This issue is a very touchy subject, but I repeat there is zero tolerance of racism in the stadium; we have to go against that. The only solution is to be very harsh with the sanctions - and the sanctions must be a deduction of points or something similar.”
The San Siro club showed support for Boateng before Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Siena, with the entire squad wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the message 'AC Milan against racism'.