Three Napoli players have been subjected to racist abuse in Florence, just two weeks after AC Milan‘s Mike Maignan was subjected to similar insults.
Napoli beat Fiorentina 2-1 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Sunday afternoon, yet the game was marred by the insults.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Victor Osimhen, Andre-Frank Zambo Aguissa and Kalidou Koulibaly were racially abused by a small section of the Fiorentina supporters after their defeat to Napoli.
Koulibaly responded to the chants aimed at him and his teammates as they headed back to the dressing room.
“Did you call me a monkey?” he shouted at La Viola‘s supporters in question.
“Come here and say that to my face!”
Fiorentina apologised to the club and the players following the incident.
Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly took to social media to reveal that he was racially abused after his team’s game away at Fiorentina on Sunday.
The incident took place when the visitors’ players Victor Osimhen, Andre Zambo Anguissa and Koulibaly were heading to the dressing room, shortly after Napoli grabbed a 2-1 comeback victory at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
“They called me a fucking monkey,” Koulibaly wrote on Twitter.
“These people have nothing to do with sport. You have to identify them and keep them out of any event.”
According to the Italian press, Osimhen and Anguissa ironically smiled to the fans who racially abused them, but Koulibaly responded.
“What did you call me?” the Napoli defender asked.
“Monkey? Come here and say it to my face.”
Although witnesses to the episode tried to calm things down and Fiorentina apologised to the player, the federal prosecutor’s office is investigating the incident.
“Speak to your kids, your parents, make them understand how disgusting it is to hate an individual because of the colour of their skin,” Osimhen posted on social media after the game.
This is not the first case of racism to take place in a Serie A game this season. In fact, three weeks ago, a Juventus fan racially abused AC Milan‘s goalkeeper Mike Maignan during the game between the two teams.
Juventus used the Allianz Stadium cameras to locate the individual and handed him a life ban from entering the stadium.
AC Milan also made a post on Twitter to express their unease about the incident that took place at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Culled from Marca.com