Chiellini ‘ashamed as an Italian’ after Napoli trio abused


Oct 6 (Reuters) – Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini mentioned he was ashamed “as an Italian” by the racist abuse directed at Napoli gamers by Fiorentina followers on Sunday.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who’s Black, mentioned he was abused by Fiorentina followers, whereas the Gazzetta dello Sport reported his workforce mates Victor Osimhen and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa have been additionally focused after their 2-1 win.

Napoli retweeted Nigerian Osimhen’s assertion on the abuse whereas Fiorentina condemned the incident. learn extra

Chiellini, chatting with reporters forward of Italy’s recreation towards Spain on Wednesday, mentioned the abuse was “unacceptable”.

“We need laws and rules that are applied, this is the most important thing,” he mentioned.

“I was ashamed, as an Italian and a Tuscan, also because Italy is not a racist country for me.

“Something extra should be finished, in any other case from exterior we give a nasty picture of ourselves.”

Italian football has been plagued by racism.

Last month, prosecutors opened an investigation into allegations of racist chanting by Lazio supporters directed at AC Milan midfielders Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie, while Juventus issued an apology after their women’s team account tweeted a picture containing a racist gesture in August.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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