Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini says he was “ashamed” as an Italian by the racist abuse directed at Napoli players by Fiorentina fans on Sunday.
Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, said he was abused by Fiorentina fans, while the Gazzetta dello Sport reported that his teammates Victor Osimhen and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa were also targeted after their 2-1 win at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
Napoli retweeted Osimhen’s statement on the abuse while Fiorentina condemned the incident.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Italy’s game against Spain on Wednesday, Chiellini said the abuse was “unacceptable”.
“We need laws and rules that are applied, this is the most important thing,” he said.
“I was ashamed, as an Italian and a Tuscan, also because Italy is not a racist country for me.
“Something more must be done, otherwise from outside we give a bad image of ourselves.”
Italian football has been plagued by racism for a while now.
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.
Osimhen is in camp with the Super Eagles as they prepare to take on the Central African Republic in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers while Koulibaly is with Senegal who face Namibia.
Zambo-Anguissa is with the Cameroon national team who are preparing to play Mozambique in a double-header.
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By FARPost Reporter