Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly said he was racially abused by Fiorentina fans after their Serie A clash on Sunday..
Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Victor Osimhen and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguesa were also attacked after Napoli’s victory..
Coulibaly posted a photo of himself on Twitter pointing to fans and saying he had heard racist insults from the stands and asked officials to intervene.
Coulibaly said on Twitter and Instagram: “The fans slandered me with the expression ‘damned monkey’. These things have nothing to do with football..
“Those involved must be identified and banned from stadiums forever. There is no place for racism in sport.”
Nigerian striker Osimene published a statement on social media, which was republished by the Napoli club’s account on Twitter.
“I invite all of you to raise your children and relatives so that they know how disgusting it is to hate someone because of the color of their skin,” the Nigerian international wrote.
Fiorentina condemned this incident on Monday.
“Fiorentina condemns in the strongest and most serious terms this racist incident that took place during the Napoli game yesterday,” he said in a statement.. General Manager Joe Barron also offered his personal apologies after the game..
Fiorentina has already provided police with all video footage from the match and anything that can help identify those involved in this horrific incident..
“Once the relevant authorities have identified those involved, Fiorentina themselves will prevent them from entering the stadium and we hope all other clubs will make similar efforts. The rules should apply to everyone.”
Napoli came from behind to win 2-1 at Fiorentina and remain the only team to have achieved full success in the top five of Europe’s leagues this season..
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