Diego Maradona has confirmed his help for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and mentioned he too suffered racial abuse when he played in Serie A.
Koulibaly was the sufferer of monkey chants from Inter Milan followers throughout his facet’s 1-Zero defeat to the Nerazzurri on the San Siro on Boxing Day.
As a result, Inter have been ordered to play two video games behind closed doorways whereas there was widespread condemnation of the most recent incident of racial discrimination in Italian soccer, however Maradona mentioned it’s nothing new and the idea of territorial discrimination existed when he was taking part in for Napoli.
“I played for seven years in Napoli, and I additionally suffered the racist songs of some followers,” Maradona wrote on Instagram. “I nonetheless bear in mind the flags that mentioned ‘Welcome to Italy’. I really feel Neapolitan and at the moment I need to be with Kalidou Koulibaly.
“I hope that each one this helps to ends racism in soccer as soon as and for all.”
Naples and cities south of Rome are thought of by many in the north of Italy as not belonging to the identical nation, evidencing a north/south divide which will also be seen in the success of the right-wing, regionalist Lega Nord political social gathering.
That social gathering, led by the inside minister Matteo Salvini, solely lately rebranded themselves as Lega, dropping the inference to the north in its identify, with Salvini starting to embrace those that stay in the southern half of Italy and attracting votes from them by condemning the move of immigrants and refugees in the nation — a subject which, due to geographical causes, is extra of a difficulty in the south.
On the weekend, Salvini dismissed the territorially discriminatory chanting that Maradona is referring to as “banter” and mentioned this shouldn’t be a punishable offence.
Within the current previous, Juventus and Roma have each been pressured to shut sections of their stadiums due to territorial discrimination aimed toward Napoli supporters and Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti mentioned that the following time he hears any discrimination, he will inform his workforce to go away the pitch.