Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that defender Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to monkey chants his team 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan at San Siro on Wednesday.
Koulibaly was red carded with 10 minutes to the end of the matchfor a foul and then a second yellow for sarcastically clapping the referee.
Napoli was reduced to Nine men in the closing stages of the game asDries Mertens was also sent off but shortly after Lautaro Martinez scored a stoppage-time winner for Luciano Spalleti’s men.
However, Ancelotti said his star defender was subjected to several irritating chants from the Inter fans all through the match.
“There was a strange atmosphere, as we asked three times for play to be suspended, they had announcements with the speaker three times,” the Napoli manager said.
Ancelotti believes Koulibaly’s lost his calmness due to the abuses he received and the officials failed to hault the game against the request of Napoli.
“Koulibaly was certainly irritable. Usually, he is very calm and professional, but he was subjected to monkey noises throughout the game,” Ancelotti said.
“We asked three times for some action to be taken, but the match 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.”
The defeat has left Napoli nine points behind unbeaten leaders Juventus.
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