Anti-racism body slams 'gutless' Italian authorities for Muntari ban

Hazel Gray
May 4, 2017

Garth Crooks, the former Tottenham and Stoke player and current Kick It Out trustee, has an idea- every black player in Serie A should strike this weekend.

This was despite world footballers' union FIFPro calling for Muntari's yellow cards to be rescinded because of the exceptional circumstances.

The Serie A's disciplinary committee had said that no action had been taken against the group of Cagliari supporters because they were only a group of 10, apparently not enough to be punished under the league's rules.

The Ghana global received a yellow card for dissent after complaining of racist chants directed at him by Cagliari fans during a league match at Stadio Sant'Elia.

"The gutless failure to not take action by the Italian authorities should not be allowed to pass".

Muntari reported the abuse to referee Daniele Minelli, who elected not to take action over the allegations but to show Muntari a yellow card for dissent.

"Muntari was well within his rights to approach the referee, as the first point of reference, to make his grievances known and seek a solution ..."

"This should never happen again, but do not destroy all the hard work we've done with dedication and effort".

Italian football's issues with racist abuse have been well documented and Muntari, then at AC Milan, had a first-hand view when fellow Ghanaian, Kevin-Prince Boateng's walked off the pitch because of racist chanting during a friendly with lower league side, Pro Patria in January 2013.

The former Ghana worldwide was subjected to racist chants throughout the match and felt compelled to air his grievances with referee Daniele Minelli. The referee's not just there to stand on the pitch and blow his whistle - he has to manage everything.

Both closures are suspended for one year and will only be enforced if it occurs again.

It added that around 80% of the 7,000 Inter fans in one of the upper tier sections of the San Siro aimed insults at Senegal defender Koulibaly, and a similar number of fans in one section of Lazio's Curva Nord directed abuse towards Rüdiger.

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