Tackling racism in the beautiful game
When abuse from the stands prompted AC Milan's Kevin-Prince Boateng to leave the pitch in a friendly match, racism shot to the top of soccer's agenda.
The outcry that followed forced football's authorities to confront some tough questions: Why is racism still prevalent in the game in 2013? Has enough been done to combat it? And can it be exorcised completely?
CNN World Sport asked some of soccer's leading figures about the problem of racism in the beautiful game and how it can be tackled for good:
- Former Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng explains why he walked off the pitch against Pro Patria after being racially abused. Watch here
- Boateng's teammate Mario Balotelli exclusively reveals he is also prepared to walk off the field if he continues to be targeted. Watch here
- FIFA's racism chief Jeffrey Webb reveals why the governing body's new reforms could prove to be a "defining moment" for soccer. Watch here
- UEFA president Michel Platini explains why any player or official guilty of racism will face a minimum 10-match ban. Read more
- Ex-England captain David Beckham says more can be done to fight racism.
- CNN travels to Serbia, home of notoriously fervent fans, to examine the problems football faces in dealing with incidents of racism and crowd violence. Watch here
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