Napoli defender Koulibaly soldiers on after racist incidents

Soccer 04/17/19, 05:24

A mountain of a man, Kalidou Koulibaly has a fitting nickname in "K2."At 6-foot-4 (1.95 meters) and nearly 200 pounds (90 kilograms), the Senegal center back is an immovable force in Napoli's defense.He's also been bold enough to soldier on through a trying season marred by acts of racism in ...

Arsenal, Chelsea, Valencia and Benfica win in Europa League

Soccer 04/11/19, 16:33

Arsenal closed in on the Europa League semifinals with a 2-0 home win over Italy's Napoli on Thursday while Chelsea scored late to earn a 1-0 victory at Slavia Prague.Coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to Everton on Sunday, Arsenal produced an attacking display that Napoli was not able to ...

Inter handed suspended sentence for more racist chants

Soccer 03/19/19, 12:13

Inter Milan has been handed a suspended sentence of having one of its stands closed for a match after its fans were again found guilty of racist chanting.The Italian league says in a statement that "a significant percent" of supporters in the stand in question were heard racially abusing AC ...

Piatek scores 2 as Milan beats Napoli to reach semifinals

Soccer 01/29/19, 16:51

Krzysztof Piatek was given a standing ovation when he went off the field on Tuesday after scoring two goals on his full AC Milan debut to send his new side into the Italian Cup semifinals.Piatek, who joined Milan from Genoa last week for a reported 35 million euros, scored both ...

Inter appeals for children to be allowed in during ban

Soccer 01/09/19, 07:09

Inter Milan has asked the Italian soccer federation and Serie A to allow children into an upcoming home match after being ordered to play in an empty stadium as punishment for fan racism and violence.Regarding the request for the Jan. 19 Serie A game against Sassuolo, Inter says "this is ...

Italy gov’t minister opposes stopping matches for racism

Soccer 01/07/19, 14:28

Opposing views emerged at a summit of Italian soccer and government leaders on Monday following an outbreak of violence and racism surrounding a game in Milan last month.Interior Minister Matteo Salvini announced that he opposes suspending matches due to racist chants, while the Italian football federation said in a statement ...

Napoli players, fans support Koulibaly after racist chants

Soccer 12/29/18, 13:00

Napoli fans and players are showing their support for defender Kalidou Koulibaly after he was subjected to racist chants this week.With Koulibaly suspended, Napoli fullback Faouzi Ghoulam warmed up for Saturday's match against visiting Bologna wearing the Senegal international's No. 26 shirt.Fans held up photos of Koulibaly and anti-racism banners ...

Referee criticized for protocol lapse in Koulibaly incident

Sports 12/28/18, 13:51

FIFPro and UEFA have criticized referee Paolo Mazzoleni for "failing to respect anti-racism protocol" after monkey noises were directed at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly throughout his team's 1-0 Serie A loss at Inter Milan.FIFPro, the world players' union, and European soccer's ruling body UEFA also said the racial abuse aimed ...

Napoli coach Ancelotti: We’ll walk off with racist abuse

Soccer 12/26/18, 18:18

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti has threatened to lead his team off the pitch the next time one of his players is subject to continued racist abuse.Ancelotti asked several times for Napoli's match at Inter Milan to be halted on Wednesday after racist chanting. Announcements were made on the stadium tannoy ...

Late Insigne strike earns Napoli 1-0 win over Liverpool

Soccer 10/03/18, 17:14

Lorenzo Insigne scored in the 90th minute to give Napoli a 1-0 win over a surprisingly listless Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday.Having threatened all night without anything to show for it besides Dries Mertens' volley off the crossbar, Napoli finally broke through when Insigne redirected a cross from ...

Juventus stadium partly closed for 1 match for racist chants

Soccer 10/02/18, 13:42

Juventus has been ordered to play one match with a section of its stadium closed after its supporters made racist and anti-territorial chants against Napoli during a 3-1 win this weekend.Serie A's governing body announced the sanction on Tuesday, saying chants which were "clearly racist" were directed toward Napoli defender ...

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