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Italy: Ghana's Muntari has match ban reversed in racist walk-off dispute

Italy: Ghana's Muntari has match ban reversed in racist walk-off dispute


The one-match ban imposed on Ghana’s Sulley Ali Muntari for protesting racist abuse has been lifted following an appeal lodged by the Italian Footballers’ Association.

Netherlands based professional footballers rights defence group, FIFPro tweeted that the ban had been overturned. With the latest development, Muntari will be eligible for his side, Pescara’s home game against Crotone this Sunday.

The Italian Sports Tribunal imposed the ban on the Pescara midfielder for protesting against racist abuse during a game against Cagliari in the Italian topflight league, Serie A.

The player walked off the pitch during the game last weekend after he was booked twice for speaking to the crowd after he alleged he was racially abused.

He got a huge applause from anti-racism activists, current and former footballers and FIFPro – a group which protects the rights of professional footballers worldwide.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein also applauded Muntari for his reaction.

Despite the global support he got from the footballing world, Serie A’s sporting judge decided that the punishment must stand.

His team, who according to reports were not interested in appealing his ban remain bottom of the league table with just 14 points from 34 games.

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