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Koulibaly - Ancelotti

By ASSOCIATED PRESS December 26, 2018
Ancelotti asked several times for Napoli’s match at Inter Milan to be halted on Wednesday after racist chanting. Announcements were made on the stadium tannoy system warning fans that would happen but no further action was taken.

“We asked three times for the match to be halted because of racist chants," Ancelotti said.

“Announcements were made but the match continued. Next time we’ll stop the match by leaving the pitch, even if that means maybe forfeiting the match."

Ancelotti believes the inaction by officials led to the dismissal of defender Kalidou Koulibaly 10 minutes from time.

The Senegal international, who had had monkey noises directed at him throughout the Serie A game, received two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first.

“Koulibaly was agitated and nervous, which is normal," Ancelotti said. “It’s not good for us and it’s not good for Italian football."

Napoli went on to lose the match 1-0 after Lautaro Martinez netted a stoppage-time winner for Inter.
Koulibaly posted on Twitter of his pride of being born in France to Senegalese parents.

“I’m sorry about the defeat and especially to have left my brothers! But I am proud of the color of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man," he wrote.

It is the latest incident of racism to blight Italian football.

Sulley Muntari walked off the field during a Serie A game in April 2017 in response to racial abuse. The Pescara midfielder was infuriated after unsuccessfully trying to get the referee to halt the game at Cagliari.

posted on 27/12/18

comment by No Love - Monumentally Dope (U1282)
posted 1 hour, 19 minutes ago
If the ref deems it grievous enough he can stop the game under using the rules.

Either they are too chicken to do it or have been told not to do it.
Didn't realise that thanks for the correction

In Italy you wonder if it's the latter.

comment by Pranks (U6283)

posted on 27/12/18

Sad state of affairs, what the fack was the ref doing not stopping the game with the obscene chanting

posted on 27/12/18

Racist chanting is common in Italy. Strong actions need to be taken. Though Ancelotti is taking the opportunity to shifthe the blame on the offecials for the defeat.

posted on 27/12/18

It is the latter.

Think about it. These guys will be trying to compete with other leagues in markets that are sensitive to such issues (Africa, Asia, South America).

There is a lazy attitude towards this issue from the football administration in Italy which means there could be racist elements in there too.

Things like racist chanting will happen only if allowed to happen. I firmly believe that. They value the points and a game being completed so as not to disrupt their schedule more than they care about racism.

posted on 27/12/18

Has anybody seen the game, was it actually audible or a small minority? You know the press like to exaggerate.

comment by KLS (U1695)

posted on 27/12/18

What does it matter?

If Ancelotti says they were making stadium announcements then you can sort of see it wasn’t 1 or 2 fans.

posted on 27/12/18

Italians are extremely racist. I went to the Milan derby years ago and was disgusted at how many people were making monkey noises. Men, women and children all joining in like it was a pantomime.

If I was a manager I would drag my team off this pitch.

The problem they have is they probably wouldn’t be backed by the Italian FA or the government as they are all just as bad

posted on 27/12/18

He's coming to United in a few weeks anyway.

He's hopefully going to our VVD type January signing. We get a world class CB like him and our attacking players really will have the freedom to score lots of goals. The talent is there.

Absolute disgrace what he went through yesterday too. Shameful.

posted on 27/12/18

Before the game 9 mini buses full of Napoli fans got attacked by over 100 inter ultras. One of the vans knocked over inter fans to get away and one of the inter ultras was killed.

He was 35 years old and banned from football for fighting for 6 years. He went out to hurt people and ended up dead.

What a sad bunch of racist morons. Fighting at that age for a kick then ending up dead. I feel for his family

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