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Napoli blast Koulibaly verdict

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Napoli feels a great opportunity was missed to fight racism when the court failed to rescind the two-match ban on Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Senegal international was sent off for sarcastically applauding the referee during the defeat to Inter, having been targeted by racist abuse from the stands throughout the match.

Napoli released their own statement in response via Communications Director Nicola Lombardo which was cited on Football Italia.

“With the rejection of the appeal against Koulibaly’s ban, we can comment on the extraordinary 23 days that have passed since Inter-Napoli.

“The rejection of our appeal is a grave defeat for football, but also for the bigger picture that this whole affair raised: the fight against discrimination of all kinds, which continue to be present in football and in our society.

“A battle that UEFA have been carrying on with Napoli’s support for many years has been humiliated. But the defeat is also for those who, mistakenly, maintain there is no racist in stadiums, that hurling abuse at black people, Neapolitans and Jews is only done by a handful of people.

“The days have been extraordinary because since San Siro there have been irregularities, misunderstandings, absurdities that were so obvious that they could not be ignored.