The Italian Football Federation overturned Sulley Muntari one match ban for protesting against racial abuse from fans in Serie A.
Muntari complained to the referee about racial abuse during Pescara’s 1-0 defeat Cagliari last weekend, but then walked off the pitch in protest after being shown a yellow card and was subsequently sent off.
The Ghanaian midfielder had been trying to explain to referee Daniele Minelli that a group of Cagliari fans had been racially abusing him before he was booked for a second time for leaving the field.
A statement on Serie A’s official website confirmed authorities had made the decision “not to take sanctioning measures against Cagliari”.
The statement, published on, by the Italian Football Federation claimed “only 10 supporters, and therefore less than one per cent” of fans were directly involved in the incident.
World footballers’ union FIFPro had called for the punishment – which was initially thought only to be a yellow card, Muntari’s fifth of the season – to be rescinded