Kalidou Koulibaly’s two-match ban could not be rescinded despite Napoli’s effort in the court of appeal.
The Napoli defender was sent off during the loss to Inter for sarcastically applauding the referee after a yellow card amid racist taunts from the stands throughout the match.
Today the Senegalese defender testified in front of the appeal court and confessed he was “ashamed” to tell his mother what had happened.
However, the appeal was turned down, meaning he will miss two games starting with Sunday’s showdown against Lazio.
Napoli lawyer Mattia Grassani told Football Italia via Sky the verdict left Koulibaly and the club with “a profound sense of injustice.”
A statement released by the appeals court explains the “unacceptable atmosphere that was created inside the stadium during the match has no relevance and cannot be considered justification for an athlete to mock the referee.
“If that were the case, the presence of racist behaviour in the stands could be used to justify and not sanction any act (even violence) by a player. Obviously, that cannot be allowed to stand as precedent.”