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Mike Maignan: Sanction Against Udinese Reduced After Appeal for Racial Remarks

Udinese will not have to play in an empty stadium against Monza on Saturday since the Italian football federation reduced the fine imposed on the club on appeal for racial remarks directed at AC Milan’s goalkeeper, Mike Maignan.

Instead, Udinese will play their next two home games with just one corner of the stadium closed. The federation did not explain why the sentence was reduced on Wednesday.

Maignan exited the field after hearing what he later described as ape noises during a recent encounter. The 28-year-old goalkeeper was joined by his teammates, and the game was delayed for around five minutes. Milan rallied back and won 3-2.

Maignan garnered significant support from the football community and published a statement urging authorities to take stronger action.

For years, there have been countless racist incidents in Italian and European football. In Italy, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Mario Balotelli, and Romelu Lukaku were among the notable victims of these occurrences.

This month, Lazio was punished with a partial stadium closure during a match due to racist shouts directed against Lukaku.

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