Yesterday, during the Serie A game between Napoli and Inter-Milan, Kalidou Koulibaly was abused racially as the crowd kept making monkey noises towards the Senegal player. The Napoli defender was sent away after he picked up a couple of yellow cards. The incident was criticised by Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo who put out a post on Instagram and said that there is no place for racism in football. Now, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah also sent out a message to the Napoli defender.
Salah took to social media and posted a picture of himself alongside Koulibaly to Twitter with the caption: "There's no place for racism in football. There's no place for racism anywhere at all." Salah is amongst many football stars who stood by the Napoli footballer. Cristiano Ronaldo Stands by Kalidou Koulibaly After Napoli Defender Was Abused Racially by Inter-Milan Fans During Serie A 2018.
There’s no place for racism in football. There’s no place for racism anywhere at all. pic.twitter.com/d2YwWSbXJeAlso Read | Sports Controversies in 2018: From Cristiano Ronaldo Rape Case to Mesut Ozil Racism Row, Here’s a Look at the Incidents That Rocked Sports World This Year!
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) December 27, 2018
Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was quite annoyed with Inter-Milan referees and also said that the team asked for the match to be suspended but there was no action taken. "We asked three times for the match to be suspended and three times they made the announcements [over the public address system]," he told Sky Sport Italia. "Koulibaly was nervous and the mood at the time was not the best. We asked them to suspend the game three times but it continued. We keep being told play can be halted, but when? After four or five announcements?” he further said.
Napoli lost the match by 0-1 and Kalidou Koulibaly posted a message on social media. “I'm sorry for the defeat and above all for having left my brothers! But I'm proud of the colour of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: man,” read his tweet.