Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari has spoken out after having his one-match ban overturned but has questioned his treatment after acting out against racial abuse during a serie A match against Cagliari.
The Ghana midfielder was given a second yellow card during the Serie A fixture after complaining about abuse coming from fans at Cagliari's Stadio Saant'Elia.
Muntari was given a one-match ban, which chose not to appeal but the Ghanaian has since had the sanction overturned after challenging the suspension himself with the help of the Italian players' union, Associazione Italiana Calciatori.
"I feel that someone has finally listened and heard me," he told FIFPro.
"The last few days have been very hard for me. I have felt angry and isolated.
"I was being treated like a criminal. How could I be punished when I was the victim of racism?
"I hope my case can help so that other footballers do not suffer like me.
"I hope it can be a turning point in Italy and show the world what it means to stand up for your rights.
"This is an important victory to send a message that there’s no place for racism in football, or society in general."