PLAYERS SHOULD STRIKE OVER MUNTARI BAN-GARTH CROOKS

Ex-Tottenham striker Garth Crooks has called on players in the Italian league to strike this weekend unless Sulley Muntari’s one-match suspension is withdrawn.

Pescara midfielder Muntari, 32, was banned after he protested against racist abuse he received from the crowd during Sunday’s Serie A match at Cagliari, which earned him a yellow card for dissent before he walked off.

Crooks, told the BBC: “I’m calling on players in Italy, black and white, to make it absolutely clear to the federation in Italy that their position is unacceptable, and if the decision is not reversed then they withdraw their services until it is.”

Ex-Ghana international Muntari was cautioned for dissent after asking the referee to stop the match, and then walked off in protest – which earned him a second yellow card for leaving the field of play without permission.

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