The Italian football federation has rescinded Sulley Muntari’s one-match ban for walking off the field in response to racist abuse during a Serie A game.
The Pescara player received a yellow card at Cagliari for protesting about the abuse and was booked again for leaving the field without following procedures. The Ghana international’s two yellow cards amounted to a red and an automatic one-game ban.
That suspension was lifted on Friday by the appeal court of the Italian football federation (FIGC) following global protests. The matter had even reached the United Nations, with its top human rights official hailing Muntari as an “inspiration.”
JUST IN: @MuntariOfficial won! His ban has been overturned tonight by @FIGC. ������������
– FIFPro (@FIFPro) May 5, 2017
“I feel that someone has finally listened and heard me,” Muntari told players’ union FIFPro. “The last few days have been very hard for me. I have felt angry and isolated. I was being treated like a criminal. How could I be punished when I was the victim of racism?”
Muntari said he hoped his case would influence similar situations arising in the future.