Napoli asked for halt to Inter Milan match after racist chants

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The Italian side will also play a third match at the San Siro without opening the "curva" section of the ground, popular with fans known as "ultras". "No to racism or any other type of offence and discrimination!"

Inter Milan will play two home league games behind closed doors following the alleged racist abuse of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly on Wednesday. But I'm proud of the colour of my skin.

Meanwhile, the 27-year-old received plenty of support from the football world, including coach Carlo Ancelotti, who threatened to stop his team from playing if any of his players face racial abuse in the future.

"These incidents suddenly erupted, these (Inter) fans came out and hit the Napoli fans with some bars and clubs", Cardona said at a press conference.

Koulibaly was initially booked for a foul on Matteo Politano, but after sarcastically applauding the referee he was red carded.

"It's not good for Italian football, seeing this".

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Milan police chief Marcello Cardona said that the 35-year-old supporter died in hospital.

Koulibaly, who was sent off during the game, addressed the issue on social media after the match, which was won by Lautoro Martinez's late goal, writing: "I'm sorry for the defeat and above all for having left my brothers!"

"What happened today is unacceptable - not just for us but for Italian football as a whole". Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: "a man", he wrote.

The Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, made a public apology on Thursday, describing the racist chanting as a "shameful act" and asking Koulibaly's forgiveness.

'Koulibaly was certainly irritable. Usually, he is very calm and professional, but he was subjected to monkey noises throughout the game. After four or five announcements? "And if we don't know, then next time we may have to stop play ourselves".

"Clearly, we have to work better on these situations, as we had so many chances to kill off the game and didn't take them", said the former AS Roma and Zenit St Petersburg coach.

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