Schalke Chief Financial Officer Peter Peters has apologized for a statement he made on Monday that suggested that new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng left AC Milan and Italy due to racism. In an interview with Bild, Peters had said that Boateng had wanted to leave Italy “because of the racist incidents” he suffered at Milan. He claimed further that the Ghana international “had an arrangement with president Silvio Berlusconi that he could leave if AC Milan qualified for the [UEFA] Champions League.”
Later on Monday, Schalke and Peters issued the following statement on the club’s official Web site: "Having spoken to our general manager, Horst Heldt, my initial assumption proved to be completely wrong,” Peters said. “He confirmed that racist incidents were definitely not the reason for Kevin's move to Schalke. As soon as I'm back at Schalke I will speak to Kevin personally and apologize for what I said. It was certainly not my intention to cast false aspersions on AC Milan or the Italian fans."