Racial abuse: Kalidou Koulibaly will appear in court for his ban appeal

Kalidou Koulibaly
NAPLES, ITALY - JANUARY 13: Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli in action during the Coppa Italia match between SSC Napoli and US Sassuolo at Stadio San Paolo on January 13, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Napoli’s lawyer says defender Kalidou Koulibaly will appear in court for his ban appeal ‘to make people understand’ how it feels to be racially abused.

Last month, Koulibaly was subjected to monkey chants during Napoli’s 1-0 defeat to Inter but after he protested a second bookable offence, he was slammed with a two-match ban.

“This is a story out of the ordinary. That’s why Koulibaly will also be there before the judge,” Mattia Grassani told Radio Marte, according to Football Italia.

“The lad wants to make people understand how he felt throughout the game and why he reacted the way he did, which is unlike Kalidou.

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“We’re expecting a call between tomorrow and Wednesday, and we’ll try to get his ban revoked.

“The Muntari case? In that case they said the referee hadn’t grasped the mood of the player, so we’ll ask the judge if [referee Paolo] Mazzoleni perceived that Koulibaly wasn’t protesting for the yellow but rather those chants, which had hassled him from the start.

“In our opinion that didn’t happen. The bases of these two cases are therefore different because in Muntari’s case, he left the field and was sent off.

“In this case Kalidou applauded and was then dismissed, although the causes are the same.”