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Koulibaly: Fiorentina fans racially abused me

Koulibaly said he had heard the abuse from the stands and called for action

Update : 04 Oct 2021, 07:55 PM

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly said he was racially abused by a section of Fiorentina supporters following their Serie A match Sunday.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Victor Osimhen and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa were also targeted after their defeat by Napoli.

Alongside a photograph of himself pointing into the crowd, Koulibaly said he had heard the abuse from the stands and called for action.

Nigerian striker Osimhen released a statement via social media, which was retweeted by the official Napoli team account.

Fiorentina condemned the incident Monday.

Florence's mayor also released a statement Monday.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have opened an investigation into the incident.

Italian football has been plagued by racism.

Last month, prosecutors opened an investigation into alleged racist chants by Lazio supporters directed at AC Milan midfielders Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie, while Juventus were forced into issuing an apology after their women's team account tweeted a picture containing a racist gesture in August.

Napoli came from behind to earn a 2-1 victory in Florence, maintaining their 100% win record at the start of the Serie A season to sit top of the standings.



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