Muntari Laments Ballotelli’s Plight

SllmntSulley Muntari has claimed that there is no point in giving AC Milan team-mate Mario Balotelli advice on dealing with racism because “it goes in one ear and out the other.”

Born in Palermo to immigrants from Ghana, the Italy international has regularly been subjected to racist abuse during his playing career.

Muntari has a lot of sympathy for what Balotelli has to put up with but he feels his Rossoneri colleague allows himself to get too riled up by the insults.

“It ‘s hard to give advice to Balotelli because when you say something, it goes in one ear and then out the other,” the Ghana international told Corriere dello Sport.

“When we’re on the pitch I explain to him that he must always remain calm.

“I tell him, ‘There are only a two or three people that insult you. If they’re not afraid, they must have the balls to come before you and face you.

“But they’re only able to be like this only from afar, so Mario needs to remain calm. Even though it is not right if someone offends you for no reason other than the colour of your skin.”

However, Muntari is confident that racism will one day be eradicated from the game.

“There is still much to do on this front,” he said. “There is a few people that have this mistaken mentality.

“But it’s not like that for us. In Africa, there is no difference between black and white; we all have the same blood.

“There will come a time when we will not have to speak about this issue anymore.”

*Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s Yahaya Mohammed has hinted he may not encourage any move for contractual talks if management allows his current deal with the club enter its final six months.

Yahaya, who is in the final of his three-year deal with the porcupine warriors, says his love for the club and its supporters overrode his emotions to return following a bitter experience with the erstwhile Dr. Sarpong management.

“I have written to management to remind them of the situation with my contract. I take it that maybe it is an oversight so I have sent them a reminder,” Yahaya said.

The current management led by ex-player Samuel Opoku Nti have not returned to the table with Yahaya since an initial talk to renew his contract broke prior to the start of the season.

“Since the last attempt, I am yet to be approached on that subject. I have tabled my demand and asked if they are interested in my stay. I think with the benefit of knowing the situation at our club, I have made a reasonable demand compared to what other offers I’m being lured to consider but it is Kotoko first for me.

“The current contract runs out in a little over six months. This has to be sorted in earnest because I may be unwilling to negotiate for an extension if it is allowed to run into the final six months,” the ex-OGC Nice defender turned attacker warned.

Reports have it that Kotoko initially offered Yahaya GHc20,000 for a year’s extension following his return from the loan spell at Amidaus then later withdrew the offer and came up with a two year duration for double the initial amount which the player did not agree to.

According to sources, Yahaya’s recent letter to the club had a GHc50,000 demand for two years of which he will accept to take 60% upon signing and the remainder in the second year.





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