- The GFA has condemned the Italian Football Association for their decision on Muntari
- The spokesperson for the GFA, Saani Daara says the action by the Italian FA is counterproductive
- The racial abuse against Sulley Muntari has attracted global attention, with bodies such as the UN, FIFPRO and some important football personalities supporting the former Black Stars player
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) says it is not true it has acted aloof in the racism incident involving Sulley Muntari.
According to the FA it does not condone racial abuse in any shape or form against any footballer.
Responding to concerns by Ghanaians that the GFA has been silent on the racial abuse against Muntari last weekend in a Serie A match, spokesperson for the association, Saani Daara said they condemn the action of the Italian football association.
“We condemn the racist attack directed at Sulley Muntari. We would like to also condemn the action of showing him a yellow card and subsequently the Italian FA’s Disciplinary Committee’s decision to uphold the sanction against Sulley Muntari. We think that this action by the Italian Football Federation Disciplinary Committee and the referee, is counterproductive and will further arm the racists with confidence to go on the pitch and verbally abuse any player,” he said.
He added that the GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi has spoken to Muntari and are taking a decision on the way forward.
“The GFA has never been aloof on this issue of racism that Sulley Muntari was subjected to. Since the incident occurred, the President of the FA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has spoken with Sulley Muntari about the incident. Sulley is obviously distraught about what happened; but most importantly he wants changes in the way we deal with racism in football.”
Meanwhile, deputy Youth and Sports Minister of Ghana, Pius Hadzidze has also criticised the Italian Football Association and condemned the attack on Muntari.
“Racism of any kind is an action that must be condemned by all,” he stated.
The former Black Stars player walked off the pitch in the dying minutes of a game in protest against the racial abuse he suffered from some fans.
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