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Koulibaly responds to racist chants during Inter-Napoli

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly has responded to the several racist chants he received during the Inter-Napoli game played last Wednesday.

The defender was subject to several chants during the match, with his manager, Carlo Ancelotti stating that "Koulibaly was certainly irritable, Usually, he is very calm and professional, but he was subjected to monkey noises throughout the game."

During the match, Koulibaly got sent off with 10 minutes to play, with the game still scoreless, as he was given a yellow for a foul, and another for sarcastically applauding the referee for giving him the yellow, whilst also possibly indicating his frustrations for allowing the game to continue in such a hostile environment.

Ancelotti added that apparently, they had called for the game to be stopped several times, with him saying "There was a strange atmosphere, as we asked three times for play to be suspended, they had announcements with the speaker three times."

However, the game was not halted, and Koulibaly had to endure the very hostile environment that he was in, but eventually, it was too much for him. The defender took to Twitter after the match to send out a very short, yet strong message: "I'm disappointed by the defeat, but above all at leaving my brothers. But I am proud of the colour of my skin. Proud to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: Man."

Ancelotti was clearly infuriated with the atmosphere, and he said that if such an action was to take place again, they will take matters into their own hand and stop the play, even if it meant that by walking off they would lose the match.

The Inter boss, Luciano Spalletti also vented his frustrations towards the racist chants, saying "Racist chanting should not be taking place."

He also added that Italians must find a way to enjoy football together as one, and he declared that there has to be a "change of mentality" in Italian football.

The thing that is even more shocking, is that this was not the first time that Koulibaly was subject to such chants, after Juventus were punished for their fans' behaviour during their fixture in October.

Inter eventually won the match in the last minute, through a goal from their substitute, Lautaro Martinez, yet the match was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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