Racist Abuse: Sulley Muntari’s ban overturned

Sports News of Friday, 5 May 2017

Source: BBC.com

2017-05-05

Sulley Muntari Pescaraplay videoMuntari pleaded with the supporters who were abusing him

Sulley Muntari has had the one-match ban he received after protesting against racist abuse overturned.

The Pescara midfielder left the field after being booked in Sunday’s Serie A game at Cagliari for complaining of being abused.

Ex-Tottenham striker Garth Crooks called on players in Italy to strike in protest against Muntari’s punishment.

The Italian Football Federation said it had considered the “particular delicacy” of the case.

Muntari was initially booked for dissent, then received a second yellow card for leaving the field.

Serie A, although agreeing that the abuse Muntari received was “deplorable”, originally said that it could not impose sanctions on Cagliari because “approximately 10” supporters were involved – fewer than 1% of their supporters in the ground.

Anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out said the ruling was “gutless”, while Crooks said: “I’m calling on players in Italy, black and white, to make it absolutely clear to the federation in Italy that their position is unacceptable, and if the decision is not reversed then they withdraw their services until it is.”

The 32-year-old former Portsmouth and Sunderland player will now be available for Pescara’s game at home to Crotone on Sunday.

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