Black players in Italy 'should strike' over Muntari ban

Sulley Muntari is shown a yellow card after he protested against racial abuse

Ex-Tottenham striker Garth Crooks says “every self-respecting black player” in the Italian league should strike this weekend unless Sulley Muntari’s one-match suspension is withdrawn.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.

Italy’s football chiefs were branded “gutless” by anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out.