Muntari initially received a one-match ban for the two yellow cards he received in that match — the first for dissent and the second for leaving the pitch.
The suspension was later rescinded, but the former Ghana international says he was “treated like a criminal.”
If the treatment of Muntari has received worldwide attention, it seems to have had little effect on some fans who attend Serie A games.
Muntari was on the substitutes’ bench for his club’s home game against Crotone in the Stadio Adriatico Sunday and said he could hear a player being abused.
Asked how often incidents of racism happened in football, Muntari told CNN Sport: “Every game. I was sitting down [Sunday] and it was happening. There was a player playing and it was happening in the stands so how are we going to tackle this?
“This isn’t the first time it has happened. We talk about it and after maybe one week, two weeks it’s gone. Then, maybe after a month or two later, it happens somewhere and you get calls to talk about it and then it’s shut again.”
The footballer said he would be the “No.1” supporter of any organized player boycott in protest against racism.
He also said the political and economic climate in Europe had played a part in what he believed were increasing incidents of racism in the sport.
“Maybe sometimes it’s frustration, there’s no work, there’s no job,” he said. “Countries are taking a lot of people they aren’t used to. Things are changing, and maybe that’s part of it.”
Leading anti-racism campaigner Piara Powar told CNN Sport that player boycotts were credible, before adding that footballers in Italy needed to be “more active.”
“In a country like Italy, where there are big name players who feel very strongly about these issues, then a boycott is one way to go,” said Powar, executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE).
“In the end, it’s the way the boycott is received, the way in which the Italian FA changes the way it looks at these issues, the education of the fans. More needs to be done on all of those.
“[Boycotts] are a very good way of taking this forward. We’ve seen it in the US, don’t forget, on issues around race there. Why not in Italy?”
In overturning Muntari’s initial suspension for his two yellow cards against Cagliari, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said it had considered the “particular delicacy” of the case.
The FIGC told CNN it had no comment to make regarding Muntari’s claims that racism in football had become worse during the course of his career.
The organization that runs top-flight football in Italy — Lega Serie A — was not immediately available for comment.
Premier League an example
Muntari, who played in the English Premier League for Portsmouth between 2007 and 2008 and on loan for Sunderland in 2011, said Italian football should follow the lead of England’s top flight.
In 1993, a year after the birth of the Premier League, the Football Association founded the anti-intolerance campaign ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’ which, four years later, became the Kick It Out campaign.
“I’m not condemning Italy, but look at England, look at how English football is,” said Muntari.
“It is totally different. It is amazing. I played there and never had any chat like that.
“Italian football is one of the best in the world. We have amazing players here, we have an amazing league and this shouldn’t happen in Italian football.”