Global outcry builds pressure on Italians to finally face their football racism


The former Ghana worldwide was booked for dissent, when he asked the referee to stop the Serie A game against Cagliari, protesting against being racially abused.

Furthermore, Serie A's disciplinary committee also ruled that no action would be taken against hosts Cagliari because only around 10 supporters were involved in the deplorable act.

The 32-year-old complained to the referee about the chanting of some fans towards the end of the match on Sunday and asked for play to be stopped to it could be addressed.

With Pescara having lost an appeal to overturn the ban, Britain's anti-discrimination body Kick It Out has urged all black players in Italy to stay out of action this weekend in support of Muntari.

Via a statement on Kick Out's Website, his view was made clear: "Kick It Out has made representation to FIFPro, the World Players' Union, to share its frustrations about the treatment of Sulley Muntari by the FIGC (the Italian Football Federation)".

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"Sulley and Pescara know full well that Cagliari is not a racist city and I thank their President Daniele Sebastiani for his comments". There were no sanctions for Cagliari, however, the league ruling that the racist chanting came from "about 10 people, or less than one percent of the sector" of the stadium.

"No player should ever feel the need to take matters into his own hands, as Muntari clearly felt obliged to do, by abandoning the match or taking spectators to task for inappropriate behaviour".

"The referee should not just stay on the field and blow the whistle, he must do everything.

Professional footballers should expect to be adequately protected by the relevant authorities", the statement concluded. "He should also listen out for that kind of thing and set an example".

Ex-Tottenham striker Garth Crooks has called on African players in the Italian league to strike this weekend unless Muntari's one-match suspension is withdrawn, according to the BBC. Another large group of of Lazio fans yelled insults at Germany's Antonio Rüdiger, who plays as a defender for cross-town rivals Roma.