UEFA say they are “very concerned” by Inter’s apparent failure to follow the European governing body’s protocol on racist chants.
According to UEFA’s protocol, the match should have been suspended at that point but instead, the game was allowed to continue.
“FIFPro and UEFA are very concerned by this unacceptable racist incident and by what appears on the surface to be a failure to respect the widely-recognised three-step anti-racism protocol,” the statement partially read. “Koulibaly, a French-Senegalese defender, was subject to racist chanting and, despite announcements made by the stadium speaker, the chants did not stop. Moreover, it seems that Napoli’s coaching staff had already informed the referee several times of racist chants.”
“Both organisations are of the opinion that the racist chants towards Koulibaly, who had to leave the pitch after receiving a second yellow card, are unacceptable and have no place in football.”
Inter will be forced to play two games behind closed doors as a result of the chants, a punishment that UEFA and FIFPro welcomed.
Fans at the San Siro hurled monkey chants at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during Wednesday’s match, according to Carlo Ancelotti.
Three announcements were made over the loudspeaker imploring fans to stop the chants, but they continued unabated.