Deportivo star Sulley Muntari in sexism row

BY: Kweku Zurek
Sulley Muntari in sexism row
Sulley Muntari in sexism row

Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari has become embroiled in a sexism row after responding controversially to a question from a female journalist at a press conference.

During the press conference at his club side Deportivo La Coruña on March 22, Muntari was angered by a question from the journalist and stated that he would not be rude because she is a woman.

The female journalist had asked Muntari to assess the technical capabilities of Deportivo coach and close friend Clarence Seedorf who has won only three points out of a possible 21 since taking charge of the team.

"I'm not going to answer you in a bad way because you're a woman and I have to respond politely," Muntari retorted before the club's translator intervened.

Another journalist probed further, questioning Muntari about his now controversial response.

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"I know how to talk when I'm with men and how to talk when I'm with women. I speak to her as if she were my wife, being respectful. There are people who make me softer, like children, women or the elderly. If you have my same size, I am the way I am," he explained.

Muntari, a former Ghana international joined the relegation-threatened Deportivo on a free transfer after a successful trial period at the club.

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Muntari, who played in three World Cups for Ghana, was available on a free transfer after leaving Pescara at the end of last season and was signed after impressing former teammate Seedorf.

The 33-year-old had an unhappy spell at Pescara, saying he was "treated like a criminal" after being racially abused during a Serie A match at Cagliari.

Deportivo are second from bottom ahead of only Malaga, after amassing a paltry 20 points from 29 games.