On Thursday, the Mayor of Milan apologized to Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly for the racist insults directed against the Senegalese player during the Series A match against Inter Milan in San Siro.
On their club website, Napoli said that during the match Koulibaly was subject to ” racist chants, ” without giving any further details, while their manager Carlo Ancelotti said that some fans made animal noises throughout the game.
“Those jeers at Koulibaly were a disgrace,” said Mayor Giuseppe Sala on his Facebook page after the match on Wednesday per Reuters.
“It was a shameful act against a respected athlete, who proudly bears the colour of his skin, and also, to a lesser degree, against the many people who go to the stadium to support their team and be with their friends.”
Koulibaly was abused during the match before he was dismissed in the 81st minute. He was cautioned for a foul on Matteo Politano and then presented with a second yellow card to sarcastically applaud the original decision of the referee.
“I’m disappointed by the defeat and above all to have left my brothers,” Koulibaly wrote on Twitter. “But I am proud of the colour of my skin. Proud to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man.”