Serie A’s disciplinary committee says it cannot penalize Cagliari for fans’ racial chants at Sulley Muntari because it was perpetuated by about 10 supporters.

The Ghanaian midfielder, at the tail end of Pescara’s trip to Cagliari last Sunday, was provoked to stage a walk-off the field after he was shown a yellow card for insisting on referee Daniele Minelli cautioning some fans who were abusing him because of his skin colour.

On Tuesday, the Italian top-flight’s disciplinary committee indicated that the incident occurred in the stands but it was not enough basis to punish the host team.

"Considering that the in-any-case deplorable racial discriminatory chants were only heard due to the fact that the fans were participating at the time in a silent protest, and that these were made by a total number of around 10 supporters, which is therefore less than one percent of the number occupying that sector of the ground (approximately 2,000), there are no grounds to punish this behaviour.

"It could not really be heard and, furthermore, was not heard by the referee (as mentioned in his match report)," a statement by the Serie A disciplinary committee read.

Sulley Muntari is suspended for the already relegated Pescara’s next game - an automatic one-match ban for the accumulation of five yellow cards.