Inter-Napoli match marred by racist chants, fan violence

Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala issued an apology to Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly after a group of Inter fans' made racist chants towards him at San Siro. A clash between rival fan groups led to the death of an Inter fan.

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly, who was sent off after two bookings against Inter Milan, was allegedly subjected to racist chants at San Siro,.   -  Getty Images

An Inter Milan supporter died on Thursday morning after suffering injuries in fights with Napoli fans on Wednesday before the Serie A match between the two teams at the San Siro, Italian media has reported.

“After being knocked down by a van before the match, he was admitted to San Carlo hospital in code red,” wrote press agency AGI. “A long operation was not enough, his injuries were too serious.”

According to the Italian press, the incident occurred at the end of a fight between Napoli fans who had arrived at the stadium by minibus and Inter supporters armed with chains and hammers.

Around 60 people were involved in the fight and website Corriere della Sera reported that four Napoli fans were injured and that one of them was stabbed.

Inter Milan won the match 1-0, as Napoli had two players sent off late on.

The game was marred by racist chanting towards Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, with the away side asking for the match to be halted after the 27-year-old Senegalese international was repeatedly subjected to monkey noises.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly reacts after being sent off against Inter Milan.   -  AFP

 

The Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, made a public apology on Thursday, describing the racist chanting as a “shameful act” and asking Koulibaly's forgiveness.

The mayor of Milan said on Thursday he was ashamed of the racist chants directed at Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly during Wednesday's Serie A match between Inter and Napoli at the San Siro.

Watch: Koulibaly hits back after alleged racist chanting during Inter defeat

Sala also asked the Napoli player for forgiveness on behalf of the city of Milan.

The 27-year-old had been subjected to monkey noises from home supporters throughout the match. He was later sent off as Inter won the game 1-0.

Victory, though, was overshadowed by the chanting.

“The boos aimed at Koulibaly were shameful,” said Sala on Facebook.

“A shameful act towards a true athlete who wears the colour of his skin with pride.”

The mayor, who was at the San Siro for the match, said he would continue to go to games but would not tolerate any racist chanting.

“I will continue to watch Inter but at the first chant I will make a small gesture. I will get up and leave. I will do it for myself, aware that whoever abuses a black athlete won't give a damn about me,” said Sala.

 

“I apologise to Kalidou Koulibaly on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Milan who testify to feeling that we are brothers even in these difficult times.”

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti revealed that the Napoli staff had asked the referee three times to suspend the match because of the chants.

“The solution exists,” Ancelotti told Sky. “You have to stop the match. You just have to know when, after how many announcements. And if we don't know, then next time we may have to stop play ourselves.”

Koulibaly apologised on Twitter for the defeat and being sent off but said: “I am proud of the colour of my skin. (Proud) to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man.”

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