Serie A: Napoli wanted Inter Milan match to be stopped following racist chants towards Kalidou Koulibaly, says Carlo Ancelotti
Kalidou Koulibaly had been subjected to monkey noises from Inter Milan supporters throughout the match.
Rome: Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said the club asked for Wednesday's Serie A game against Inter Milan to be stopped a number of times following racist chants towards Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Koulibaly was sent off 10 minutes from the end of Napoli's 1-0 defeat at the San Siro, with substitute Lautaro Martinez scoring a stoppage-time winner for Inter.
Centre-back Koulibaly was initially booked for a foul on Matteo Politano and then shown another yellow card in the aftermath for sarcastically applauding the referee.
The 27-year-old had been subjected to monkey noises from home supporters throughout the match.
"We asked three times for the match to be suspended and there were three announcements, but the match continued," Ancelotti told Sky.
"The player was irritable, he wasn't in the best state of mind. Usually, he's a very calm and professional player but there were these noises throughout the game."
"It looks like an excuse but the player was agitated and irritable. It's not good, not for us, nor for Italian football," he added.
"The solution exists. You have to stop the match. You just have to know when, after how many announcements. And if we don't know, then next time we may have to stop play ourselves."
Koulibaly apologised on Twitter for the defeat and being sent off but said: "I am proud of the colour of my skin. (Proud) to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man".
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Inter Milan are three points behind AC Milan, who beat Torino 2-0 on Saturday, with Roma a further three points behind in third.
Stefano Pioli's Milan saw their lead on second-placed Inter cut to two points but hold pole position at the half-way stage of the season for the first time since they last won the title in 2011.
Napoli are now equal on points with Lazio who rallied past Sassuolo, to stretch their winning streak to four games.