‘Enough’ as Mun­tari walks off af­ter racial abuse

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Ghana’s Sul­ley Mun­tari dra­mat­i­cally walked off the pitch while play­ing for Pescara at Cagliari on Sun­day af­ter his com­plaints of racial abuse were met with a yel­low card.

The for­mer AC Mi­lan and In­ter mid­fielder, who claimed the abuse also came from chil­dren, an­grily con­fronted Cagliari fans, shout­ing at them: “This is my colour.”

Mun­tari, 32, could now face dis­ci­plinary mea­sures af­ter de­cid­ing to leave the field sec­onds be­fore full­time — a de­ci­sion that earned him a sec­ond yel­low card, and then a red, from ref­eree Daniele Minelli.

Ear­lier, he had spo­ken di­rectly with a sec­tion of the Cagliari sup­port­ers tar­get­ing him with racist abuse.

“They shouted at me from the be­gin­ning of the game, and in the first half I saw chil­dren in the group, so I went to their par­ents and gave them my jersey to set an ex­am­ple and to say you are not sup­posed to do that,” he said.

“I tried to rea­son with them but the ref­eree told me I had to stop. That’s when I got pissed off. Why did he not stop the match?

“I am not a vic­tim, but I am con­vinced that if they stopped the matches, this kind of thing would not hap­pen any more.”

While leav­ing the pitch in frus­tra­tion and mur­mur­ing “Basta ! (Enough)”, Mun­tari went to ad­dress more sup­port­ers, show­ing them his arm and shout­ing: “this is my colour, this is my colour.”

His protest was later backed by Pescara coach Zdenek Ze­man, al­though in com­ments to Sky Sport the Czech veteran said Mun­tari should not have quit the game.

“He asked the ref­eree to in­ter­vene, but he (said he had) nei­ther heard nor seen any­thing,” Ze­man said.

“Mun­tari was right, but he shouldn’t have left the pitch.”

Mun­tari was at AC Mi­lan when for­mer team­mate Kevin Prince Boateng an­grily walked off the pitch while be­ing tar­geted with racist abuse dur­ing a friendly with lower league side Pro Pa­tria in Jan­uary 2013.

It prompted a wave of sup­port on so­cial me­dia, al­though foot­ball’s rul­ing body Fifa, while ap­plaud­ing Boateng’s prin­ci­ples, said they did not con­done his de­ci­sion to walk off.

Sul­ley Mun­tari

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