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Arsenal investigate Koulibaly’s racism row

Kalidou Koulibaly
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Arsenal have confirmed their investigation on a viral video appearing to show one of their fans racially abusing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Senegalese defender has already suffered racist taunts at the hands of Inter Milan fans which subsequently led to a fine and a stadium ban.

Nonetheless, that didn’t stop an Arsenal fan from slurring the Senegalese during the Gunners’ 2-0 Europa League win against Napoli on Thursday.

“We utterly condemn the use of this type of racist language and have launched an investigation to identify the culprit,” the club told Sky Sports News.

“We operate a zero tolerance approach, and anyone behaving like this is not welcome at Arsenal and will be banned from matches.

“We have an extremely diverse community of fans who are all part of the Arsenal family and such incidents are rare at Emirates Stadium.

“We encourage supporters to report any incidents as they happen to stewards or via our matchday alert service.”

Arsenal v S.S.C. Napoli - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final : First Leg
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 11: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg match between Arsenal and S.S.C. Napoli at Emirates Stadium on April 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The return leg of the clash will take place on Thursday at the Stadio San Paolo Stadium.

Arsenal’s away record this season has been abysmal both in the League and in Europe, however, they’d been banking on their prolific forward to see them through.