Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly said racist fans must be “kept out of stadiums forever”.
Koulibaly and team-mate Victor Osimhen detailed on social media the racist abuse they received from Fiorentina fans during Sunday’s 2-1 away win.
Nigeria forward Osimhen called for supporters to “understand how disgusting it is to hate an individual because of the colour of their skin”.
Fiorentina also released a statement to condemn the incident.
Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, on loan in Naples from Fulham, was also targeted by home fans.
“Fiorentina expresses the most firm and harsh condemnation for the episodes of racism that took place yesterday during the match against Napoli,” the Serie A club said in a statement.
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“General Manager [Joe] Barone, already after the match, personally apologised.”
Fiorentina say CCTV footage from the game will be provided to the authorities to help identify the “culprits”.
The Italian Football Federation [FIGC] has opened an investigation into the incident.
Meanwhile, former Italian international Daniele Daino believes Victor Osimhen still has a lot in his kitty following his contribution in Napoli’s win over Fiorentina
Daino, a former Napoli star told Marte Sport Live yesterday that Osimhen is a total player.
“He (Osimhen) makes you go up, he knows how to hold the ball, he makes you catch your breath, attacks the spaces and is ready in the goal area,” Daino declared. “At the moment, it weighs heavily in the fate of Napoli for many reasons.”
Italian tabloid Corriere dello Sport has equally Osimhen as the best player in the on-going Serie A campaign.
“He is the best player in the league.” The paper claimed. “Not only for the goals and opportunities he gets, but because he plays the role of the center forward in key global: he stretches the team and allows them to get out of the siege.”