Sepp Blatter right to claim Boateng did wrong?

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter called Kevin Prince Boateng's actions during last week's racism storm 'incorrect' citing reasons to improve refereeing and staffing at football grounds across Europe.

The ugly and much talked about side of professional football reared it's head last week when former Portsmouth winger Kevin Prince Boateng angrily reacted to racist chants during a friendly with Pro Patia.

After several racist chants from a small group of home supporters on Milan's trip to the lowly side, Boateng picked up the ball, volleyed it in their direction and walked off the field.

The game was then abandoned and instant worldwide press released the news, news that has been discussed by former Milan players, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sir Alex Ferguson and the mass amount of football journalists.

Boateng's actions were wholeheartedly praised by the footballing community, but some like FIFA president Sepp Blatter have reacted negatively and said his actions were wrong.

Whilst Blatter continues to receive criticism from nearly every angle of football, there are some that tend to agree with 'wise-old man'.

Boateng's protest will no doubt spark change in football and give the Italian game in particular a kick up the back side but should  it really be up to players to make that change.

It simply cannot be the footballers who attack the minority that continue to show no morals and use racist chanting and that is what Blatter has made clear.

It is up to the authorities at the game and that means further training for matchday staff and stricter security measures are to be inforced.

Some believe his reaction not only shows naivity but a lack of common sense and in my eyes, I tend to agree, but without the backup of authorities and security inside the stadium last Thursday, Boateng had no other option.

Boateng's actions, though, good at the time, could lead to a bigger problem and it will be up to Sepp Blatter and each countries authorities to ensure it doesn't.

Confident? I wouldn't be.

Some fans will continue to use whatever sort of verbal abuse then can against opposing players and his reaction could ultimately lead other players to walk off the field and not just players who have been subject to racism.

Former AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf was against Boateng's decision to leave the field and explained that footballer's now have an excuse to leave the field if they are uncomfortable about something.

For example, Cristiano Ronaldo could be booed at Barcelona's Camp Nou and verbally attacked. Should he then walk off.

What do you think Boateng should have done? Stay on the field or walk off? Do you think security should be improved at games?

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