Again football in Italy has failed to deal with the racism issue appropriately. This time Pescara midfield Sulley Muntari was the victim in a Serie A game between his club Pescara and Cagliari. Having received abuse, the Ghanian and former Portsmouth player went over to the fans who he had identified as those shouting racist chants. Having confronted the racists, I chose not to call them fans as decent football supporters don’t result to such levels, Muntari spoke to the referee. Thinking that the referee would deal with the matter, he was surprised to be on the receiving end of a yellow card. What was he given the yellow card for? dissent. I mean come on, if a player gets punished for reporting racism to a match official, then we are in trouble. Naturally, the player walked off the pitch letting the game carry on.
It is appalling but yet not surprising to see the Italian FA failing to deal with the racism problem once more. We have seen time and time again that the racism issue raises its dirty head once more. Another example of failure to deal with racism is the treatment of Mario Balotelli. The football enigma has often been a victim of the disgusting racism with the n-word and monkey taunts. On one occasion was seen to be crying while on the bench having been on the receiving end of abuse. The response by his manager, Clarence Seedorf and his players? Nothing to do with racism, but his passion for the game causing him to get upset.
What it needs is for a ban of some sort by either UEFA or FIFA on the Italian Football Association to make them realise that they need to take things more seriously. Handing out fines will simply not do.