Ghanaian midfielder says he now feels justified and hoped his encounter as a racist victim becomes a turning point in the fight against the canker that is ruining the beauty of the football.
The former AC Milan midfielder’s yellow card that rendered him ineligible in their match against Crotone yesterday was overturned after a global outcry of the injustice that was meted out to him after he had reported a case of racist chants in a Serie A match last weekend.
The first of Muntari’s bookings was for dissent after he complained of racist chants directed at him by Cagliari fans while the second was for walking off the pitch at Stadio Sant’Elia.
FIFPro had called for the bookings to be “rescinded,” arguing that “Muntari was well within his rights to approach referee Daniele Minelli, as the first point of reference, to make his grievances known and seek a solution.”
“Many people and organisations such as FIFPro and the UN supported me and I would like to thank everyone who assisted me,” Muntari added.
“I feel that someone has finally listened and heard me,” Muntari told the worldwide representative organisation for professional footballers, FIFPro.
“The last few days have been very hard for me. I have felt angry and isolated.
“I was being treated like a criminal. How could I be punished when I was the victim of racism?
“I hope my case can help so that other footballers do not suffer like me.
“I hope it can be a turning point in Italy and show the world what it means to stand up for your rights.
“This is an important victory to send a message that there’s no place for racism in football, or society in general.”
A Disciplinary Commission last week upheld the ban, saying “the racist chants came from approximately 10 people, which was less than one per cent of about 2000 people who occupied the area of the stadium where the chants came from”.
By: Gottlieb Baako