Another serious case of racism in Italian football: "We asked 3 times to postpone the match" – 12-26/2018


Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti revealed that during the match against Inter they asked three times to postpone the match because of constant racist cries from local fans against defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who was then sent off.

"We asked for three suspension matches and there were three announcements, but the match continued," Ancelotti told Sky.

On repeated occasions, Koulibaly – a Senegalese born in France – was the victim of a shout from Inter fans, who imitated the howls of monkeys to attack him.

"The player is nervous, his mood is not the best. He is a very true and very professional player. It's not like him, but he has that scream all the way ", explained Ancelotti related to the expulsion of Napoli defender.

Although the sound of the stadium asked three times for fans to end with racist cries, party judges Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni decided not to disturb the game.

Koulibaly was sent off with 15 minutes left for a double yellow card.

His first warning was for violations against Matteo Politano and the second for praising the referee.

It was at the close of the match coming from Argentina Lautaro Martinez's goal for a 1-0 win from Inter in one of the matches in the 8th round of Serie A.

"This seems like an excuse, but players are nervous, nervous, this is not good for us or for Italian football, there is a solution. You must interfere with the game. You only need to know how many ads. And if you don't know, then next time we will be the one who will stop it, "said the former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich coach.

After the match, the Napoli defender was hurt by defeat and regretted his reaction, although he inflated his chest against racist acts. "I am proud of the quality of my skin, being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: man".

This is not the first time this type of case has been undertaken. In April 2017, an extreme case was experienced when Ghana's Sulley Muntari, from Pescara, decided to leave in the middle of a match for Serie A against Cagliari, after hearing racist cries from the pulpit of the opposing team. The referee, who did not hear the attack on the pulpit, warned the player of his angry complaints.

Muntari counted once completing the meeting was a boy who began with racist insults towards the player, from 32 years old, and who tried to give him an example giving him a t-shirt. But in the second stage the songs continued. And even though players approach the pulpit to ask them to stop, the answer is negative.

The Ghanaian said that what bothered him most was the attitude of the referee who, according to his version of the incident, denounced him "raising his voice" and telling him not to interact with the public.

Violence is also outside

Four Napoli fans were stabbed around the Giuseppe Meazza in the pre-match against Inter after a clash between fans, according to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

One of the four injured had to be hospitalized: he was a 43-year-old man who suffered knife wounds in his stomach, even though his life was not in danger.

The other three suffered minor injuries and, after being treated by medical personnel in the area, they were able to enter the stadium and watch the match.


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