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This month in Italy, AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng chose not to play on and led his teammates off the pitch in protest at racial abuse by opposing fans during an exhibition match against fourth-tier Italian club Pro Patria. Boateng picked up the ball, kicked it at a section of the crowd, took off his shirt and walked off with his teammates.

Altidore said that while he and Boateng reacted differently, they were both “trying to send the same message in terms of saying racism should not be allowed and should not be tolerated at any level.”

“He was trying to send the same message I was trying to send.”

Altidore praised the response of the Netherlands Football Association, saying it has “done a tremendous job.”

He appealed for more action against racism from world football governing body FIFA.

“There’s only so much we can do as individuals. I think at some point you have to look at FIFA. FIFA has to come out and try and make the situation better because they have the power to do it.”

Altidore, one of Dutch football’s most prolific strikers this season, scored a goal from the penalty spot in his team’s 5-0 win over Den Bosch.