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Black players in Italy should not play unless Sulley Muntari ban is lifted, says Kick It Out campaigner

May 3, 2017 12:14 PM
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Black players in Italy should not play unless Sulley Muntari ban is lifted, says Kick It Out campaigner

Black players have been urged by a Kick It Out campaigner to boycott this weekend’s matches in Italy unless authorities withdraw the one-match ban imposed on Sulley Muntari.

Anti-discrimination campaigners Kick It Out described the Italian authorities as 'gutless', and independent trustee of the organisation Garth Crooks says black players must act if Muntari's ban is not lifted.

Kick It Out's statement read: "Kick It Out has made representation to FIFPro, the World Players' Union, to share its frustrations about the treatment of Sulley Muntari by the FIGC (the Italian Football Federation).

"The gutless failure to not take action by the Italian authorities should not be allowed to pass.

"It's unbelievable that Cagliari escaped punishment as 'only 10' fans were involved. This situation should never be allowed to happen again.

"Garth Crooks, an independent Kick It Out Trustee, is calling for every self-respecting black player in the Italian League to not play this weekend unless the Italian authorities withdraw the ban on Sulley Muntari."

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero, who now works for Sky Italia as a pundit, spoke to Muntari after the game and lent the Ghanaian his unequivocal support.

"You handled things perfectly," Del Piero told Muntari. "Your setting the example for tomorrow. You did everything right."

Source: skysports.com

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