Kalidou Koulibaly sends Napoli a heartfelt thank you

NAPLES, ITALY - NOVEMBER 25: Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli show his disappointment after the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Chievo Verona at Stadio San Paolo on November 25, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Kalidou Koulibaly has thanked everyone associated at Napoli for their unwavering support to him following the events of the past week

The Senegalese defender was subject to racial abuse in Napoli’s 1-0 Boxing Day defeat at Inter Milan with the home fans making monkey noises and other racist chants at him.

Koulibaly was eventually sent-off following two yellow cards after Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti attempted to call off the match three times.

The Partenopei supporters took action this weekend by donning a picture of Koulibaly’s face with the message “Quelli del Sangue Azzurro” – “Those with blue blood” in the club’s 3-2 win against Bologna on Saturday.

And Koulibaly, who was suspended as a result of his dismissal at Inter, was touched by the support that he had received.

“The emotions of this day and this victory will remain forever in my heart: thanks,” Koulibaly wrote on Twitter.

Arkadiusz’s Milik double had given Napoli the lead at the Stadio San Paolo before Federico Santander and Danilo put Bologna back on level terms.

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 24: Davide Calabria of AC Milan walk off with an injury during the TIM Cup match between AC Milan and SS Lazio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 24, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Gattuso confesses AC Milan was embarrassing tonight

The Rossoneri coach says Lazio deserved to qualify to the Coppa Italia Final after his side was simply embarrassing.

However, Dries Mertens’ late winner ensured Napoli would end 2018 with a victory.

Ancelotti’s side, who remain nine points adrift of Serie A leaders Juventus in second, will next face Sassuolo in the Supercoppa on January 13.

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