AC Milan issued a statement on Monday responding to alleged racism directed toward their under-10 team, calling the alleged incident "simply unacceptable."
AC Milan's youth team is competing in the Universal Cup in Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany in Italy. On Sunday, they defeated Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 and were set to take on Benfica on Monday.
During the competition, black players on the team were reportedly subject to racist abuse.
AC Milan's statement reads:
The Milan youth sector team, the Esordienti 2004, take on Benfica today in the semi-final of the Universal Cup. The prestigious youth tournament is taking place in Forte dei Marmi and kick-off is at midday. Milan reached this stage after defeating PSG yesterday.
It has been brought to our attention however that during yesterday’s match between Milan-PSG, that there was alleged incidents of racism from certain “people” in the stands towards Milan’s black players.
We do not wish to magnify the issue, but truly hope that these reports aren’t true or that it was simply a sporadic incident. If they were to be confirmed, then it would be simply unacceptable.
- Mike Fiammetta