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ITALY'S FOOTBALL CHIEFS BRANDED "GUTLESS" AFTER FOOTBALL STAR SULLEY ALI MUNTARI WAS H


Pescara midfielder Muntari, 32, was banned after protesting against racist chants from the crowd during Sunday's Serie A match at Cagliari, which earned him a yellow card for dissent before he walked off.

Italy's football chiefs have been branded "gutless" by anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out.

The one-year ban handed to Muntari has attracted several criticisms from both international bodies and individual footballers like Afriyie Acquah, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and is the latest in the growing support for former Inter Milan and AC Milan midfielder.

Italian football authorities could face disciplinary action over the treatment of Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari.

He was sent off after leaving the field claiming he was racially abused during a Serie A game.

Muntari, 32, was initially banned for one game but had this overturned by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

"We have a committee in charge of monitoring this and the committee will take action," Fifa secretary general Fatma Samoura told BBC Sport.

"What matters is that the committee has to act and the sooner the better.

"I have my personal feelings on anybody that is treated like he has been treated, on the pitch and off the pitch but I'm not here for my personal matters. I'm here to make sure that Fifa takes, through the committee, the appropriate action for any single discriminatory action."

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said on Tuesday, he would speak to ex-Portsmouth player Muntari, who believes world football's governing body, and European equivalent Uefa are "not taking racism seriously".

Infantino said, "We will work together," and he also said he intends to talk to the head of FIGC, Carlo Tavecchio.

"Unfortunately idiots, there are always idiots everywhere but we have to fight them. We have to work on the people."

Torino midfielder Afriyie Acquah has thrown his weight behind Sulley Muntari after suffering racial abuse from the crowd in Italy over the weekend.

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Muntari: I'd walk off again if abused

I've been through hell and have been treated like a criminal

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