‘In Italy there are some problems in football’ Sarri calls on Serie A to do more to combat racism

‘In Italy there are some problems in football’ Sarri calls on Serie A to do more to combat racism
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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has urged Italian football to do more to combat racism after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was allegedly subjected to sustained abuse during the club’s 1-0 defeat by Inter Milan on Boxing Day. Koulibaly and his Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti were left furious by the monkey chants during the match and the coach asked for the match to be stopped twice The central defender, a nominee for African Player of the Year and one of Europe’s finest centre-backs, was sent off late in the game for a second yellow card offence when he sarcastically applauded the decision of the referee There had previously been announcements over the tannoy system urging supporters to behave. Sarri, who left Napoli for Chelsea last summer, expressed his support for Koulibaly and revealed that this is the third major instance of the central defender being subjected to vile racist abuse. Sarri said: ‘In Italy there are some problems in football, especially for Napoli. When I was there we stopped two matches, against Lazio and Sampdoria. I’m really very sorry for Kalidou because he is a wonderful man. I think in Italy we can do something more for this problem.’ Current Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has warned that his team will simply walk off the pitch if the situation arises again. Ancelotti said: ‘It’s a shame because twice we asked for the match to be suspended for the racist chanting towards Koulibaly. ‘It shook him – he’s a good-mannered player and he was bombarded by the stadium. Despite our requests and the chanting, the game wasn’t suspended I think it should have been. Next time we’ll stop playing ourselves.. ‘It was impossible for him to be calm – he cares a lot about the issue of racism and he commits a lot of time to the matter, including in society What happened is unacceptable – not just for us but for Italian football as a whole.’ Get Chelsea latest news updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing

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