GARTH CROOKS has called for black players in Italy to go on strike unless the suspension imposed on Sulley Muntari is lifted, according to anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out.
“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.”
Speaking to Italian television after the match, Muntari said he had been abused by a group of fans in the first half but had tried to defuse the situation by giving one of the group, a child, his shirt “to teach him you’re not supposed to do things like that”.
The former Portsmouth, Sunderland, Inter and AC Milan star, who played 84 times for Ghana, said the abuse continued in the second half so he tried to speak to the referee.
“I told him he should have had the courage to stop the game. The referee’s not just there to stand on the pitch and blow his whistle – he has to manage everything. He should also listen out for that kind of thing and set an example.”