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Serie A announces two-game stadium ban to Inter for racist chanting

AC Milan v ACF Fiorentina - Serie A

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 22: A general view of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza before the Serie A match between AC Milan and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 22, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

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Inter Milan have been handed a two-match home stadium ban, and will be without their ultras for a further game after some ultras chanted racist abuse to Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly on Wednesday.

Stunningly, along the with paltry ban, Koulibaly and his Napoli teammate Lorenzo Insigne both received two-match bans, adding insult to injury after Inter’s 1-0 win at the San Siro. Both teams can reportedly appeal the decision.

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The racist behavior of the Inter fans is the latest in a recent spree of African-descended or African-born players being abused during matches. It’s sparked a conversation among players, fans and the media and how to eliminate abusive behavior from the stands.

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In response, Koulibaly, who was clearly shaken up during the match which may have led to his eventual red card, said in a post that he is proud of the color of his skin, proud to be French, Senegalese and a Neapolitan.