AC Milan Goalkeeper Mike Maignan Faces Racist Abuse: Four Udinese Fans Handed Five-Year Bans

Four individuals involved in the racist abuse directed at AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan during a Serie A match against Udinese on January 20 have been handed stadium bans lasting five years, as announced by Italian police.

The match experienced a temporary suspension when AC Milan players left the field, bringing the incident to the referee’s attention. This five-year ban represents the maximum penalty for first-time offenders of racist abuse at football matches.

Udinese has confirmed that another fan received a lifetime ban in connection with the incident, with Italian authorities identifying a man from Udine, a woman, and two other men from the local area through video footage analysis.

The suspects’ information has been forwarded to prosecutors for further action. Udinese, which had previously expressed its intention to enforce lifetime bans on the offenders, is yet to respond to the recent police statement.

As a consequence of the incident, Udinese has been mandated to play one match behind closed doors. Following the match, which AC Milan won 3-2, Maignan reported hearing “monkey noises” and advocated for severe sanctions against those responsible.

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