Napoli will be aiming to use a scenario,that of Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari to appeal against Kalidou Koulibaly’s two-match suspension.
The Senegalese international was yellow carded by center referee Paolo Mazzoleni and was sent off after sarcastically applauding the match official who had initially booked the defender in the 80th minute for reacting to racial monkey chants during a League match between Inter Milan and Napoli.
The Italian FA nevertheless maintained Koulibaly’s two-game suspension stands despite penalizing Inter Milan to play two games behind closed doors.
Napoli are however preparing to appeal against the decision of the FIGC where they will cite a similar situation which happened to Sulley Muntari in a League match between Cagliari-Pescara in April, 2017.
“There is a precedent, that of Muntari expelled by the referee Minelli in the Cagliari-Pescara final on 30 April 2017, to have reacted to the choirs racists turned against him, leaving the field, well on appeal that day of disqualification was removed, this will be with the company and the same Kalidou, who does not want an applause weights more than the ignoble chorus of racism ” Napoli lawyer Mattia Grassani told Gazzetta dello Sport.
Koulibaly joins a list of several African players who have suffered racial chants in Italy.
By Frank Darkwah