Mun­tari an ‘in­spi­ra­tion’, says UN rights chief

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Mun­tari said he had com­plained that parts of the crowd, in­clud­ing a group of chil­dren, had hurled racist in­sults at him from the start of his Ital­ian team’s game at Cagliari in Serie A on Sun­day.

The player said the ref­eree then told him to stop talk­ing to the crowd and ended up show­ing him the yel­low card for dis­sent in the 90th minute.

Zeid called Mun­tari “an in­spi­ra­tion to all of us here at the UN hu­man rights of­fice” for tak­ing a stand.

The per­sis­tent prob­lem of racism at games re­quired “added at­ten­tion or deep­ened at­ten­tion by Fifa,” he told re­porters in Geneva.

His of­fice had been in touch with the or­gan­i­sa­tion, he said with­out say­ing when, and he planned to at­tend an in­ter­na­tional match in about six weeks’ time to spread the mes­sage that “racism and ex­pres­sions of big­otry should not be tol­er­ated at ma­jor sport­ing events.”

Zeid re­called another “deeply alarm­ing ” match, in Ukraine, where Dy­namo Kiev fans wore Ku Klux Klan out­fits and swastikas.

Italy and other coun­tries have strug­gled to stamp out racist chants at games. In 2013, the AC Mi­lan team left the pitch dur­ing a friendly in the town of Busto Ar­sizio af­ter home fans in­sulted mid­fielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, another Ghana­ian.

Un­der guide­lines in­tro­duced fol­low­ing that in­ci­dent, the ref­eree is sup­posed to alert the fourth of­fi­cial who should in turn con­tact au­thor­i­ties polic­ing games. Reuters

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