Kalidou Koulibaly victim to alleged racist chants

Kalidou Koulibaly victim to alleged racist chants
Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Dec 27, 2018. 17:00

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was reportedly subjected to racist monkey chants throughout the club's 1-0 defeat to Serie A rivals Inter on Boxing Day.

Carlo Ancelotti revealed that they had requested for the game to be suspended amid repeated requests made to the crowd to stop the racist chants proved unsuccessful.

The Senegal international was sent off in the match, and Ancelotti believes Koulibaly simply lost his temper due to his requests falling on deaf ears.

“There was a strange atmosphere, as we asked three times for play to be suspended, they had announcements with the speaker three times,” Ancelotti said in the aftermath.

“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 lose the game if we walk off, but we are prepared to do it. It’s not good for Italian football, seeing this.”

Koulibaly later wrote on Twitter: "I’m disappointed by the defeat, but above all at leaving my brothers. But I am proud of the colour of my skin. Proud to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man.”

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