Sulley Muntari fights racism, but won’t give Milan teammate Mario Balotelli advice. “It goes in one ear and out the other.”
The Ghana international spoke to the Corriere della Sera newspaper about the on-going struggle against racism in football.
“There’s no point talking about provocation, because not many people have that mentality. We are working to change the climate around us,” said Muntari.
“In Africa they don’t see such huge differences between black and white. The blood that runs through our veins is the same. The time will come when we’ll no longer have to discuss all this.”
Balotelli has been on the end of racist abuse during his career, but Muntari admits it’s tough to advise his teammate.
“I don’t give him advice, because what you say to Mario goes in one ear and out the other. I just tell him to stay calm, because responding to certain people is just a waste of time.
“If some fans had real balls, they’d shout those things to your face. Instead they do it from a distance. In that case, it’s better to play on as if nothing has happened at all.
“The mentality can only change by setting the example and remembering children are watching us. If someone makes a mistake, the person sitting next to them in the stadium must pull them up on it. Otherwise what kind of a father is he? Should he allow his son to learn from a bad role model and grow up with the same mentality as those who hurl insults?”