Inter given two-match stadium ban for racism

By Daily Sports on December 28, 2018

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Inter Milan have been ordered to play their next two Serie A games behind closed doors, and close part of the stadium for one further game following the racial abuse aimed at Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly on Boxing Day.

Serie A announced that no spectators will be admitted to the Nerazzurri’s next two games against Sassuolo on Jan. 19 and Bologna on Feb. 3 in response to Wednesday’s incidents, which it says were not isolated. Meanwhile, Koulibaly has been banned for two games for the red card he received in the 81st minute of the game, as a result of the second yellow he received “for applauding the official in an ironic manner, having already been booked.”

As Koulibaly was being shown the cards, monkey chants were clearly audible from a significant number of fans inside San Siro, with further chanting as Koulibaly left the field.

After he was dismissed, his teammates tried to explain to referee Paolo Mazzoleni that the 27-year-old defender’s reaction was aimed more at the fans than at the official.

“I am only sorry for the defeat and above all to have left my brothers,” Koulibaly wrote on Instagram after the match. “But I am proud of the colour of my skin; to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man.”

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said he had asked the fourth official to halt the game three times, but apart from stadium announcements being made, no further action was taken. He added that the next time it happens, he will just take his team off the field, even if they risk conceding the game.

Inter released a statement on Instagram and Twitter on Thursday condemning the racist chants, while adding that discrimination of any kind has no place in the club or from their supporters. (ESPN)

•Photo shows Inter Milan players 

Source Daily Sports

Posted December 28, 2018


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