Union wants ‘race abuse’ yellow card rescinded

Sulley Muntari

Muntari angrily confronted Cagliari fans, shouting: “This is my colour”

World players’ union Fifpro has called for Sulley Muntari’s yellow card against Cagliari to be rescinded.

The Pescara midfielder walked off the pitch in protest when he was booked after claiming he was being racially abused during Sunday’s Serie A match.

The 32-year-old former Ghana international asked referee Daniele Minelli to stop the game.

“Muntari was well within his rights to approach the referee,” said a Fifpro statement.

“Players should feel comfortable bringing any issue to the attention of the referee, especially one as significant as allegations of racism in the workplace.

“We urge Italian authorities to hear Muntari’s version of events, investigate why the situation was mismanaged, and take firm action to ensure this never happens again.”

Muntari was at AC Milan when then team-mate Kevin-Prince Boateng walked off the pitch because of racist chanting during a friendly with lower-league side Pro Patria in January 2013.

Boateng has since tweeted his support to Muntari, saying he is “so proud” of his former team-mate.

Union wants ‘race abuse’ yellow card rescinded

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