Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly receives support in racism row

Football-Nairobi, Kenya 27 December 2018 12:32 GMT

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti, FIGC president Giuseppe Pecoraro and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo have come in support of defender Kalidou Koulibaly following racism row in yesterday’s game against Inter Milan.

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Koulibaly who was red carded in the game with Lautaro’s late winner was subjected to racist chants by the Nerazzurri fans and was backed by the FIGC president who claimed the game should have been stopped.

“For me, Inter-Napoli should’ve been suspended for the racist chants towards Koulibaly,” he told ANSA.

“In fact, those working in public prosecutor’s office reported to stadium security officers and the fourth official that Napoli wanted the game to be stopped.

“The decision isn’t up to us. Rather, the security officers must be in agreement with the referee.

“As far as we’re concerned, communication of the incident to sporting judiciary is in progress.”

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti revealed that he inquired three times for the referee to stop the game with announcements made three times and the gaffer has stated that the team will walk off next time their racist chanting.

“I asked the referee for information on the red cards and nothing else. Those incidents rather decided the match, as we had done very well in the second half and were pushing hard.

“We even had the chance to win it when down to 10 men, but tempers were a little raised at the end,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“There was a strange atmosphere, as we asked three times for play to be suspended, they had announcements with the speaker three times. Koulibaly was certainly irritable. Usually, he is very calm and professional, but he was subjected to monkey noises throughout the game.

“We asked three times for some action to be taken, but the match continued. We keep being told play can be halted, but when? After four or five announcements? Maybe we have to take matters into our own hands next time and stop play ourselves. They’ll probably make us forfeit the game if we walk off, but we are prepared to do it.

“It’s not good for Italian football, seeing this.”

Cristiano Ronaldo came out in support for Koulibaly on Instagram:

The Portuguese star posted a picture together with the Napoli defender with a message written in Italian: “Education and respect are needed in the world and in football. No to racism and to any offence and discrimination”, Ronaldo wrote on Instagram

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