Muppet of the Week

This one automatically goes to those set of fans who humiliated Pescara’s Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari via racist chants.


Muntari was forced to abandon the pitch on Sunday, saying he had been booked – by the referee – for complaining about the chants from the crowd during his team’s 1-0 defeat at Cagliari in Serie A.


He was shown the yellow card for dissent by referee Daniele Minelli in the 90th minute and walked off the pitch in protest during stoppage time, leaving his team to play the last few minutes with 10 men.


The 32-year-old told television reporters that a group of fans had been insulting him from the start of the match, including a group of children. He said he offered the children his shirt to set an example but the insults continued in the second half.


There was a little kid doing it with his parents standing nearby,” said Muntari.

So I went over to him and told him not to do it. I gave him my shirt, to teach him that you’re not supposed to do things like that. I needed to set an example so he grows up to be nice.

[The referee] told me I should not talk to the crowd. I asked him if had heard the insults. I insisted that he must have the courage to stop the game,” Muntari added.

The referee should not just stay on the field and blow the whistle, he must do everything. He should be aware of these things and set an example. I am not a victim. But if you stop the matches I am convinced that these things won’t happen any more.


It is a colossal shame that Italy has struggled to stop racist chanting in its stadiums and there have been a number of incidents over the years.


In one of the most serious in 2013, the Milan team abandoned the pitch during a friendly in the town of Busto Arsizio after home fans insulted midfielder another Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.


Under guidelines introduced following that incident, the referee is supposed to alert the fourth official who should in turn report the incident to the public security department responsible for policing at games.


Take a hike you silly, nasty fans! Racism has got no place, and will never have one, in football!!!  >:-((