Ronaldo speaks out on racist chants towards Napoli's Koulibaly

Sherman Parsons
December 28, 2018

"We asked three times for the match to be suspended and there were three announcements, but the match continued", Ancelotti told Sky.

"It shook him - he's a good-mannered player and he was bombarded by the stadium".

Super agent Mino Raiola fears for Italian football after the incidents around Inter Milan's victory over Napoli on Boxing Day.

"Inter will do what they feel is the right thing to do, but I would like it if they gave the captain's armband to [Kwadwo] Asamoah for the Empoli game". This is a test for the new leadership of the Italian FA (football federation).

"The van driven by Napoli ultras was stopped by Inter ultras who wanted to fight and were using chains and sticks", reported Il Corriere della Sera.

Meanwhile, mayor Sala's Naples counterpart Luigi de Magistris believes Italy's football culture must change and blamed the officials for not stopping Wednesday's match.

The clashes took place not far from Milan's San Siro stadium before a Serie A game.

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Police arrested three Inter fans over the violence, Cadorna said. Milan police were not immediately contactable when called by CNN International.

However, the match was marred by racist chants from the Inter Milan support directed towards the Senegalese defender, who has since received plenty of support, even from Cristiano Ronaldo.

"However, I'm proud of my skin colour".

"I apologize to Kalido Koulibaly, on behalf of me and the healthy in Milan who want to testify that you can feel brotherhood despite the hard times we live in".

Koulibaly was also handed a two-match ban by Serie A's disciplinary tribunal after he was sent off in the 81st minute for sarcastically applauding the referee for booking him. He also apologised to Koulibaly on behalf of himself and the city of Milan.

Sulley Muntari walked off the field during a Serie A game in April 2017 in response to racist abuse.

The combative, heavily-tattooed Belgian, who according to Italian media arrived late for training several times in the previous weeks, has not made the expected impact since his move from Roma in the summer, partly due to injury.

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