“Speak out…to set yourself free”: Ex-Premier League footballer’s message after on-field racial abuse

“Speak out…to set yourself free”: Ex-Premier League footballer’s message after on-field racial abuse

BBC news

Ghanaian-born Sulley Muntari, has said that he is determined to keep fighting racism after his suspension for refusing to play in a match in which he was racially abused was overturned.

The Pescara midfielder, who played for Portsmouth in the 2007-08 season, was booked during a recent match against Cagliari after he reported the abuse of fans to the referee. He was sent off after walking off the pitch in protest at the yellow card.

The suspension was overturned on Friday by the Italian football federation (FIGC), and the Ghanaian has now spoken out over the incident.

“I feel that someone has finally listened and heard me,” Muntari said in a statement released by FIFPro, the world players’ union.

“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.”

Muntari wrote on his official Twitter feed: “I am determined to fight racism. Football should inspire respect for one race – the human race.”

See more of his inspiring message here:

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