In Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari was suspended for one game after walking on the field Cagliari on Sunday after racist abuse from the stands. Muntari got a yellow card for complaining to the referee about the violation, before going on the field and earning a second yellow card.
The disciplinary Committee of the Series And added that is not taken any action against Cagliari on the incident. The Committee described the song as deplorable, but argued that “was involved, the approximate number of 10” individuals, not enough to warrant a punishment against the club in Serie A rules.
Muntari said he was abused during the 1-0 defeat his team from “Cagliari”, but was booked for dissent when he asked the referee Daniele Minelli to stop the game for 90 minutes and left the field in stoppage time.
“[The judge] told me that I should not talk to the crowd,” Muntari said after the game. I asked him if he had heard the insults. I insisted that he must have the courage to stop the game,” he added.
“A judge should not remain on the field and squeal, it needs to do it all. It needs to be aware of these things and set an example”.
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Earlier, the world players ‘ Union, now called Serie A to cancel a yellow card for Muntari. “We urge the Italian authorities to hear the version Muntari events, to find out why the situation was wrong, and to take decisive action to ensure it never happens again,” the message reads.
“Muntari was well within his rights to approach the referee, as the first guideline to making his complaint known and to seek solution to … professional footballers should be adequately protected by the relevant authorities”, – said in the conclusion statement. Instead, the Committee confirmed Muntari automatic one-match ban, saying his second yellow card was for “leaving the field without the referee’s permission”.
Lazio and inter were found guilty of racist behaviour of fans during other games this past weekend were playing, and were both warned that they will face partial closure of stadiums, if it were to repeat.
The Committee stated that the Napoli defender Kalidou koulibaly was the victim of racist singing among the fans during the 1-0 win his team at “San Siro”, while the supporters of Lazio have set their sights on as Roma defender Antonio rüdiger during the Rome Derby.
He added that about 80% of 7000 fans of inter in one of the upper tiers of sections of the San Siro, directed insults at Senegal defender Coulibaly and a similar number of fans in one section of the Curva Lazio Nord directed insults against Ruediger. In both cases, the court ruled that the sectors should be closed for one game, if there was no repetition of the incident in the next year.