Pescara playmaker Sulley Muntari says he was treated like a criminal by the Italian football authorities after he was banned for complaining about racist abuse last weekend.
Ghanaian midfielder Muntari was booked during last weekend’s match against Cagliari after he reported the abuse 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 FIGC and the former Inter Milan and AC Milan ace 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 only joined Pescara in January from Milan and has scored once in nine appearances for The Dolphins.