Inter Milan faced Napoli for their Serie A fixture on Boxing Day but the match, unfortunately, ended up being clouded by horrific social issue: racism.
Monkey chants kept echoing throughout the stadium when Kalidou Koulibaly was on the ball. The centre-half was suspended from the game with 10 minutes still left to play. His sarcastic applause of the referee’s decision landed him a second yellow and his sending off proved to be decisive in the end.
Lautoro Martinez scored a late winner before Dres Mertens was also sent off with a red card.
Addressing the situation after the game, Koulibaly tweeted, “I am proud of the colour of my skin. Proud to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: man.”
Carlo Ancelotti went on full blast to suspend the San Siro showdown due to the racial abuse orchestrated by the opposition fans. Inter Milan head coach took exception to the case as well and said, “Racist chanting should not be taking place. If 65,000 people come and watch the match on Christmas, they want to see something else. This is the football that Italians and the people around the world want to enjoy.”
“People want to find football a pleasant place to be together, this is the change of mentality we have to make. This is the right thing to do because our objective is to bring our football up to the top in Europe.”