ootball Matters: Racism, Refereeing, Retirement. Ronaldo vs. Messi

Tonight, we’re having a conversation about football: Racism, refereeing, retirement and Ronaldo v Messi.

Was Ghanaian and Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari right in storming off mid-game for racist abuse from Cagliari fans in their last Serie A game? Was the referee right in booking Muntari and not stopping the game? And, speaking generally, should we trust referees?

Also, what’s life for soccer stars like after retirement, when the praise singing from adoring throngs stops and all you have is signed shirts and memories?

Plus you’ve seen Christiano Ronaldo mesmerize with his stopovers and bang in hat tricks like confetti; and a you’ve watched Lionel Messi gravity and effortlessly twisting and turning like a drone, leaving opponents stranded, cross-eyed, and wondering whether he’s got a double on the pitch.

Who is greater? The “Christ”(iano) or the Messi(ah)?

Former Ghanaian international and now FIFA official Tony Baffoe; ex FIFA ref Joseph Wellington, and sports journalist Gary Al-Smith join me for drinks.

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