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Following racist abuse levelled at Pescara’s Ghanaian player Sulley Muntari during Sunday’s Serie A match in Cagliari, FIFPro issued the following statement.

We urge Italian authorities to hear Muntari’s version of events, investigate why the situation was mismanaged, and take firm action to ensure this never happens again.

FIFPro believes Muntari’s yellow card should be rescinded.

Muntari was well within his rights to approach referee Daniele Minelli, as the first point of reference, to make his grievances known and seek a solution.

Players should feel comfortable bringing any issue to the attention of the referee, especially one as significant as allegations of racism in the workplace.

No player should ever feel the need to take matters into his own hands, as Muntari clearly felt obliged to do, by abandoning the match or taking spectators to task for inappropriate behaviour.

Professional footballers should expect to be adequately protected by the relevant authorities in a place of work that does not tolerate discrimination of any kind.

Photo below: Sulley Muntari is heard telling spectators at Cagliari's Stadio Sant' Elia "this is my colour" as he abandons the match in protest over racist abuse