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Red card of Ghanaian Muntari for protesting racism rescinded

AP , Friday 5 May 2017
Sulley Muntari
Referee Daniele Minelli shows the yellow card to Pescara's Sulley Muntari, second from right, during a Serie A soccer match between Pescara and Cagliari, at the Cagliari Sant'Elia stadium, Italy, Sunday, April 30, 2017 (AFP)
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The Italian soccer federation has rescinded Sulley Muntari's one-match ban for walking off the field in response to racist abuse during a Serie A game last weekend.

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 Ghanaian's two yellow cards amounted to a red and an automatic one-game ban.

It was lifted on Friday, following global protests, by the appeal court of the FIGC (Italian football federation).

''I'm satisfied with the outcome,'' FIGC President Carlo Tavecchio told national news agency ANSA. ''Also because roles and procedures which are guaranteed by our system were respected.''

Muntari told referee Daniele Minelli and his assistants several times about the chants from home fans in the final minute of Pescara's 1-0 defeat. The official then showed the former Ghana midfielder a yellow card.

The 32-year-old Muntari was so angry with the booking that he walked off the pitch, leaving his side with 10 men for stoppage time.

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