Koulibaly hits back after alleged racist chanting during Inter defeat

Having allegedly been targeted by racist chants on Wednesday, Kalidou Koulibaly has issued a response.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly hit back at fans who allegedly subjected him to racist abuse during his side's clash against Inter at San Siro on Wednesday.

The Nerazzurri claimed a 1-0 Serie A win over Carlo Ancelotti's side thanks to a last-gasp goal from Lautaro Martinez.

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After the match, Ancelotti said they requested the match be suspended three times due to fans directing offensive chants at Koulibaly.

Ancelotti claimed there were three separate warnings issued in the stadium but that the abuse continued regardless.

"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?

"Maybe we have to take matters into our own hands next time and stop play ourselves. They'll probably make us lose the game if we walk off, but we are prepared to do it.

"It's not good for Italian football, seeing this."

 

On Twitter, Koulibaly, who was sent off in the closing stages, told his followers that he is "proud" of his heritage and of being part of Napoli's footballing culture.

"I'm sorry for the defeat and above all for having left my brothers!" he wrote.

"But I'm proud of the colour of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: man."