Sulley Muntari banned for racism protest

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Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari has been banned for one game after he protested against racist abuse.

He was booked for dissent after asking the referee to stop Sunday’s Serie A match against Cagliari, saying he was being racially abused.

The 32-year-old ex-Ghana international then walked off the pitch in protest – for which he received a second yellow card, officials have now confirmed.

They added not enough fans took part in the abuse to trigger action.

The Serie A disciplinary committee agreed their actions were “deplorable” but said its guidelines meant it could not impose sanctions as only “approximately 10” supporters were involved – fewer than 1% of the Cagliari supporters in the ground. 

Fellow Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng, Muntari’s former teammate at AC Milan who walked off the pitch after being racially abused when they were both playing for the Italian side in 2013, has also tweeted his support, referring to reports that Muntari gave his shirt to one of the fans involved:

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