Boateng, a German-born Ghanaian international, has been hailed worldwide for his stance against racist fans of Pro Patria.
The governing body that runs third and fourth division football in Italy, the Lega Pro, reacted by ordering that no fans be allowed to attend Pro Patria’s upcoming match.
The behaviour of a group of Pro Patria fans was “of an extreme seriousness”, the Lega Pro said. The decision to make Pro Patria play behind closed doors was a stronger punishment than a previous 5,000-euro fine handed down earlier this season on the club, which the Lega Pro deemed had been “inefficient”.
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