Three Napoli players were racially harassed during their football match victory over Fiorentina, according to Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini. Giorgio Chiellini says he was “ashamed” by Fiorentina fans’ racist abuse of Napoli players during Sunday’s Serie A match at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Kalidou Koulibaly, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, and Victor Osimhen were all targeted during Napoli’s, 2-1 victory in Florence. According to Koulibaly, those responsible for the assault should be banned for life, and Italy captain Chiellini requested swift action. The Juventus centre-back said: “It is unacceptable. We need laws and rules that are applied, this is the most important thing.”
“I was ashamed, as an Italian and a Tuscan, also because Italy is not a racist country for me. Something more must be done, otherwise from outside we give a bad image of ourselves.” As Koulibaly was interviewed on the field after the game spectators booed him. According to II Napolista, Fiorentina’s director-general Joe Barone personally apologized to Napoli’s locker room.
Osimhen slammed the perpetrators in a tweet, writing: “Speak to your kids, your parents, make them understand how disgusting it is to hate an individual because of the colour of their skin. NO TO RACISM.” Koulibaly followed suit on Twitter, where he said he was called a “monkey”. He added: “They called me that. These people have nothing to do with sport. They must be identified and kept out of the stadiums. Forever.”
A day ago Napoli defender Juan Jesus also addressed fans making a powerful statement against Fiorentina fans for racial abuse on his teammates. “The year of 2021 and there are still people who are heading the wrong way, making fool of and humiliating themselves. I have a message for those who are still so far behind the times, for those who want to remain anachronistically ignorant and racist: wake up!!!” the Brazilian wrote via Instagram.
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