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AC Milan under-10 team 'racially abused' at international tournament in Italy


MILAN — AC Milan has slammed alleged racism towards one of its youth teams as "simply unacceptable."

Black players of Milan's under-10 team were allegedly subject to heckling and racist abuse during Sunday's 4-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Universal Cup.

Milan says it does "not want to magnify the issue" and "truly hopes that these reports aren't true or that it was simply a sporadic incident."

Milan plays Benfica in Monday's semifinals of the prestigious youth tournament, which is taking place in Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany.

There have been several high-profile incidents of racism in Italian football, notably when then Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng led his teammates off the field to protest racial abuse by opposing fans during an exhibition match in Jan. 2013.

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