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Mike Maignan and AC Milan walk off pitch following alleged racist chanting from supporters

AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan left the field after enduring alleged racist chants from Udinese supporters during a Serie A game between the two sides.

The match was briefly suspended following chants allegedly aimed at the 28-year-old goalkeeper in the first half.

Maignan signalled to his team-mates to halt play after Milan scored to take a 1-0 lead. Ruben Loftus-Cheek had put the visitors ahead with a low first-time shot inside the post.

The France international then walked to referee Fabio Maresca, appearing to indicate he had heard abuse from the crowd at Stadio Friuli.

Maignan subsequently walked to the sidelines. Team-mates tried to console him, but he removed his gloves and walked down the tunnel.

The game resumed after a short pause of play.

AC Milan said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter: “There is absolutely no place in our game for racism: we are appalled.

“We are with you, Mike.”

Maignan eventually conceded a goal scored by Lazar Samardzic, and the teams went into half-time level at 1-1.

(Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

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