Napoli will walk off and forfeit match if subjected to racism again, says Ancelotti

first_imgNapoli 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 system warning fans that would happen but no further action was taken.”We asked three times for the match to be halted because of racist chants,” Ancelotti said. “Announcements were made but the match continued. Next time we’ll stop the match by leaving the pitch, even if that means maybe forfeiting the match.”Ancelotti believes the inaction by officials led to the dismissal of defender Kalidou Koulibaly 10 minutes from time.The Senegal international, who had had monkey noises directed at him throughout the Serie A game, received two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first. Kalidou Koulibaly had monkey noises directed at him throughout Inter Milan vs Napoli by Inter fans. (AP Photo)”Koulibaly was agitated and nervous, which is normal,” Ancelotti said. “It’s not good for us and it’s not good for Italian football.”Napoli went on to lose the match 1-0 after Lautaro Martinez netted a stoppage-time winner for Inter.Koulibaly posted on Twitter of his pride of being born in France to Senegalese parents.”I’m sorry about the defeat and especially to have left my brothers! But I am proud of the color of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: a man,” he wrote.advertisementMi dispiace la sconfitta e sopratutto avere lasciato i miei fratelli!Però sono orgoglioso del colore della mia pelle. Di essere francese, senegalese, napoletano: uomo.#InterNapoli 1-0#KK26 #famiglia#ForzaNapoliSempre#DifendoLaCittà pic.twitter.com/f9q0KYggcwKoulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 26, 2018It is the latest incident of racism to blight Italian football.Sulley Muntari walked off the field during a Serie A game in April 2017 in response to racial abuse. The Pescara midfielder was infuriated after unsuccessfully trying to get the referee to halt the game at Cagliari.Also Read | Chelsea fans under scanner for anti-Semitic chants during Europa League match vs VidiAlso Read | Chelsea ban fans over alleged racial abuse of Manchester City forward Raheem SterlingAlso Read | Tottenham fan throws banana peel on Arsenal’s Aubameyang, gets arrestedAlso See:last_img read more

Castleford resist incredible Leeds comeback to win by single point

first_img Since you’re here… Super League XXIII (2018) Leeds Rhinos Castleford began superbly, scoring 24 unanswered points in a blistering 20-minute spell. They started the scoring when Gale kicked on for his half-back partner, Jamie Ellis, to touch down, and then doubled the lead in incredible fashion when a width-of-the-field play was finished by James Clare – before further tries from Alex Foster and Junior Moors made it 24-0.But how Leeds responded. Their revival was inspired by two players at the opposite ends of their careers: in the pack, the outstanding Jamie Jones-Buchanan produced another all-action 80-minute display, and at full-back off the bench, Jack Walker further enhanced his reputation. The fact that Leeds did not concede another try once Walker had emerged on to the field epitomised the impact he had on their fortunes.The comeback began when the captain, Kallum Watkins, finished magnificently from a towering Richie Myler kick, before a try from Ash Handley further reduced the deficit. Leeds were suddenly on top, but Gale’s drop goal on the hooter, the only point Castleford scored in the final 55 minutes, stretched the lead back out to 15.The Leeds’ cause was not helped when the forward, Brad Singleton, was sent to the sin bin. But even without him the Rhinos clawed back the deficit further when Handley scored his second. Watkins soon followed suit with 10 minutes left, before Ryan Hall reduced the gap to a solitary point with a wonderful finish. Agonisingly, though, Watkins pushed the decisive conversion wide and, somehow, Castleford held on.Elsewhere, a hat-trick from the wing, Tom Lineham, helped Warrington beat Wakefield 32-34, their second consecutive victory in Super League. The Wolves trailed at half-time against a Wakefield side looking for their fifth win in six games, before tries from Mike Cooper and Ben Murdoch-Masila secured victory. Catalans remain bottom of Super League heading into the Easter period following their sixth defeat in seven games. The Dragons were beaten 42-16 at Hull, the Black and Whites scoring seven tries to Catalans’ two as they ran out comfortable winners ahead of the first Hull derby of the season next Friday.St Helens continue to set the pace at the top of the table heading into Easter, following a comfortable 30-6 victory over Hull KR. Wigan remain in second after a comprehensive victory over Huddersfield, who remain in the bottom four. Share on Twitter Share via Email Support The Guardian Castleford held on to rebuff a remarkable comeback from the Super League champions, Leeds Rhinos, for their fourth successive victory – with Luke Gale’s 40th-minute drop goal ultimately the difference as the Tigers won the first meeting between the sides since last October’s Grand Final.The most anticipated match of the season to date did not disappoint. Leeds had set an ambitious target of breaking the all-time crowd figure for a regular-season Super League game here, set in 2005 when 24,005 watched Wigan play St Helens at the DW Stadium. While the final figure fell just short of that total, Leeds were able to register their own highest attendance in Super League history, with 23,246 watching the best game of the campaign thus far. Read more Share on LinkedIn Josh Charnley says he returns to rugby league a more confident player Super Leaguecenter_img Rugby league Share on Messenger Castleford match reports … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more