RACISM ROW: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Franck Kessie ‘racially abused’ by Inter fans during Milan derby defeat
AC MILAN team-mates Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Franck Kessie were the subjects of racial abuse during their 4-2 defeat with rivals Inter on Sunday, according to reports.
Chants were directed towards Kessie in the second-half following a challenge on opponent Nicolo Barella.
Italian publication Corriere dello Sport write that the chants came from Inter’s Curva Nord for a few seconds before it stopped.
Further reports claim that January signing Ibrahimovic was also targetted during the warm-up including a song with the lyric “you’re a gypsy.”
Serie A has been marred with numerous race rows in this season with the likes of Mario Balotelli and Kalidou Koulibaly also targetted.
Brescia striker Balotelli booted a ball into the Hellas Verona crowd after hearing racist chants against him during a game in November.
The former Liverpool man was also subject to it in a game against Lazio and took to Instagram to write: “Lazio fans that were today at the stadium SHAME ON YOU! #SayNoToRacism.”
Roma’s match with Napoli was also temporarily suspended in November after Koulibaly was racially abused by fans.
It was not the first time that the 28-year-old has suffered sickening abuse.
Koulibaly insisted he is proud of his skin colour after he was targeted with monkey noises during Napoli’s 1-0 defeat at Inter Milan last year
Kessie was also forced to endure more racist abuse in September against Hellas Veronas while Romelu Lukaku was targeted by an Italian TV presenter who was sacked over the incident.
Speaking on the TopCalcio24 show, Luciano Passirani said: “I don’t see any other player in Italy now like Lukaku. … I really like him.
“The only way to stop him is to say, ‘Here are 10 bananas that you can eat’.”