Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari was booked and walked off the field in protest at alleged racist abuse from the Cagliari fans.
The incident occurred during the 1-0 defeat to Cagliari at the Stadio Sant’Elia.
The Ghana international was furious and protested against referee Daniele Minelli, visibly agitated and slapping the skin on his own arm to make the point.
It seems that Minelli did not hear the racist insults from the stands, and booked Muntari for dissent.
Muntari then started to walk off the field of his own volition, but fortunately no further disciplinary action was taken.
Sky Sport Italia touchline reporters noted they did not hear clear insults either but it seems that Muntari did and he said that he expected a better reaction from the referee to the situation.
“The referee should not just stay on the field and blow the whistle, he must do everything.
“He should be aware of these things and set an example.
“I asked him if had heard the insults. I insisted that he must have the courage to stop the game.
What was I supposed to do? Just stand there and let it go? That sets a bad culture. We need this to stop.”
This situation will inevitably spark controversy and further debate on how to deal with racist abuse from crowds at Serie A games.
The situation is not new to Muntari who was on the pitch in 2013 when his then-AC Milan team mate, Kevin-Prince Boateng was racially abused by spectators at a match between AC Milan and Pro Patria in a friendly.
Boateng walked off the pitch in protest. FIFA commended Boateng’s outward expression of displeasure but it also stated he needed not to have walked off the pitch.
By: Rahman Osman/citifmonline.com/Ghana');