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Investigation launched after racist insults against Coulibaly

On Monday, the Italian Football Federation announced the opening of an investigation after the racist insults that targeted Napoli’s Senegalese international defender Kalidou Coulibaly in the match against its host Fiorentina on Sunday at the end of the seventh stage of the league.

“With regard to the racist expressions made by Fiorentina fans to Napoli player Kalidou Koulibaly, we launched an investigation after reading the match officials’ reports and listening to the player,” the federation said in a brief statement.

He said he would also contact the Florence Police Department to obtain information for the investigation.

Fiorentina had apologized to Coulibaly, who was targeted after the match with racist shouts from spectators, such as his fellow Nigerian internationals Victor Osimhen and Cameroonian Frank Zambo Anguissa, according to the “DAZN” broadcasting network.

Without directly mentioning the incident, Osimene posted a message saying “no to racism” in Italian and English.

Coulibaly posted another message to him on Instagram, in Italian, French and English, asking that fans who insulted him be banned from entering stadiums “forever”.

“Damn the monkey,” he said. “That’s what I was told. These people have nothing to do with sports. They should be identified and taken off the court forever.”

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