ANKARA – The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) launched an investigation into racist insults against Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly of Senegal during his team’s Serie A clash against Fiorentina.
After Napoli sealed a 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Sunday, Koulibaly revealed on Twitter that fans at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence had subjected him to racist abuse.
The 30-year-old defender said he was called a “monkey” adding that the fans involved “must be identified and kept out of the stadiums: forever.”
In a written statement about the incident, FIGC on Monday said the Federal Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation after receiving the match reports and listening to the player.
Koulibaly’s teammate Victor Osimhen from Nigeria also condemned the racist slurs on Twitter: “Speak to your kids, your parents make them understands how disgusting it is to hate an individual because of the color of their skin NOTORACISM.” (Anadolu)