Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he twice asked for their match against Inter Milan to be suspended after alleged racist abuse towards Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Senegalese ace, widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in European football, was subject to taunts from rival fans throughout the match.
Koulibaly was eventually sent off in the match for sarcastically applauding the referee following his first caution, and this allowed Inter Milan to sneak to a 1-0 injury time win thanks to Lautaro Martinez.
But Ancelotti was more concerned with the welfare of his star man and has now insisted he would have no issue in removing his players from the pitch if a similar incident occurred.
“It’s a shame because twice we asked for the match to be suspended for the racist chanting towards Koulibaly,” Ancelotti told the club’s official website.
“It shook him – he’s a good-mannered player and he was bombarded by the stadium. Despite our requests and the chanting, the game wasn’t suspended. I think it should have been. Next time we’ll stop playing ourselves.
“It was impossible for him to be calm – he cares a lot about the issue of racism and he commits a lot of time to the matter, including in society. What happened today is unacceptable – not just for us but for Italian football as a whole.”
Koulibaly posted a message in Italian on his personal Twitter account following the match.
He said: “I’m sorry for the defeat and above all to have left my brothers! But I’m proud of the colour of my skin. To be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: man.”
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