UN invites Milan soccer player to anti-racism event
Kevin Prince Boateng's walk-off gained headlines worldwide16 January, 16:11
The event will be held on March 21 in Geneva, says Boateng's team, AC Milan.
The theme of this year's event, Sports and Racism, was announced amid controversy, and worldwide headlines, over the Ghanaian midfielder's decision to walk off the field during a friendly match on January 3 where fans of the opposing fourth-tier team Pro Patria shouted racial slurs.
The UN invitation comes one day after a sporting judge upheld the walk-off, saying it was an acceptable action in the face of unacceptable fan behaviour at the match at Busto Arsizio, north of Milan.
Italian football has been battling racism in the stands for a number of years after several shameful high-profile incidents.
Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has said the team would also walk out of official games if there were racist chanting, including matches in the European Champions League.