Switzerland: UN human rights chief praises Ghanaian player for walking off the pitch over racist chanting

Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations top human rights official has hailed Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari as an “inspiration” for walking off the pitch in protest after complaining about racist chanting.

Muntari took his action at the weekend late in a game between his Italian club Pescara and Calgliari.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, FIFA needs to pay greater attention to the persistent problem of racism. He said his office had been in touch with football’s world governing body.

Muntari complained that parts of the crowd, including a group of children, had hurled racist insults at him from the start and Zeid called his decision “an inspiration to all of us here at the U.N. human rights office” for taking a stand.

The persistent problem of racism at games required “added attention or deepened attention by FIFA,” he told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.

He said he planned to attend an international match in about six weeks’ time to spread the message that “racism and expressions of bigotry should not be tolerated at major sporting events”.
-0- PANA VAO 3May2017

03 Maio 2017 16:16:13

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