Former AC Milan Midfielder Rodney Strasser says he is in “Solidarity with the action taken by his former AC Milan teammate Sulley Muntari” to walk off the pitch on Sunday in a Seria A match between Cagliari and Pescara.
Muntari said he had complained against some section of the crowd, including a group of children, chanting racist insults at him.
Photo: Former AC Milan players, Thiago Silva, Rodney Strasser and Sulley Muntari
The Sierra Leone defensive midfielder said FIFA and the Italian Football Association need to pay more attention to the Persistent racial abuse of African players playing in Italy.
“I stand with Muntari for taking action because Racism has no place in football. It has to stop – We have to put an end to such inhuman behaviour in football.”
“In 2013, during a friendly match we played against Busto Arsizio there was racial abuse on another Ghanaian Kelvin Prince Boateng, as a team, we were forced to walk off the pitch in a protest to say no to racism and nothing was done,” Strasser explained.
Strasser, 27, who is plying his trade in Portugal with second-tier LigaPro Gil Vincente, added: “More must be done to tackle racism in football, especially in Italy were it on an increase.
“I spoke with Muntari a day ago after the incident he told me that before the game they were chanting racist insults on him by some kids in the midst of their parent’s.” citing some parents set no good examples to their children.
“Muntari loves children and always like to show good examples to the kids,” Strasser told footballsierraleone.net.
“I believe the first way to addressed this issues is that the suspension given to Muntari by Daniel Minelli should be reversed with immediate effect before they can address the issue.
“Racism is bad and if the authorities fail to address this issue it might get worse than this it can even lead to loss of lives so the authorities have to address these issues of racism chant on black players.”
Meanwhile, Football Africa Arena (FAA) Africa biggest sporting forum has also joined the campaign to stamp out racism in football.
The group which is comprised of Journalist all over Africa, Football FA heads, Administrators, CAF executive members and a host of others have issues statements on it twitter page condemning the racial chant on Sulley Muntari and to Say no to racism in football.
According to the CEO, FAA Collins Oyinkao said racism is killing football and it has to stop. Adding no space for racism in football, noting Africa players are mostly the Victims of racial abuses in Europe namely Samuel Eto Fil’s, Kelvin Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari and a host of others.
Muntari was banned after he protested against racist abuse he received from the crowd during Sunday’s Serie A match at Cagliari, which earned him a yellow card for dissent before he walked off.
The Serie A disciplinary committee which issued Muntari’s ban agreed that the fans’ actions were “deplorable” but said its guidelines meant it could not impose sanctions as only “approximately 10” supporters were involved – fewer than 1% of the Cagliari supporters in the ground.