Sulley Muntari reveals feeling "angry and isolated" when Pescara didn't appeal ban

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Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari says he was "treated like a criminal" after he complained he was being racially abused in a Serie A match and given a one-game ban.

Italian football officials originally said not enough fans had taken part in the abuse to trigger action against them.

The incident landed Muntari with a one-match ban, which Pescara did not appeal.

Muntari is now available for Pescara's home match against Crotone on Sunday.

On Monday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Civil rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, applauded Muntari for his reaction during Cagliari's 1-0 win. "I'm not a victim, but if you stop the matches I'm convinced that these things won't happen any more".

"I hope this is a turning point in Italy and shows what it means to stand up for your rights", said Muntari, 32.

Sulley Muntari

The decision to impose a ban had been controversial and had been met with criticism.

"So, albeit belatedly, the authorities in Italy have now made the correct decision".

"I feel that someone has finally listened and heard me", Muntari told players' union FIFPro.

This is also why the referee, Daniele Minelli, did not try to halt the game, nor order a warning over the loudspeaker.

"As a game, football is working very hard to eradicate racial abuse from the game and the fact that there are these deterrents in the statute books gives us a fighting chance". The referee's not just there to stand on the pitch and blow his whistle - he has to manage everything.

"That sets a bad culture". So to help us on our journey to bring you top quality Italian football content we need YOUR support. "There's so much talk about what we should do, but then we do nothing and shrug it off". The Cagliari fans constantly hurled racist chants at him and he asked the referee to intervene.

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