Racist abuse was directed at Koulibaly during Inter’s 1-0 win over Napoli at San Siro on Wednesday, with the Nerazzurri receiving a two-game stadium ban following the taunts.
A number of high-profile players, including Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo and Inter captain Mauro Icardi, have posted messages of support for Koulibaly while also condemning racism.
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.Source: Alberto Gandolfo
Maradona, who played in Naples between 1984 and 1991, has followed suit on his Instagram account, where he uploaded a photo of himself holding Koulibaly’s jersey.
“I played for seven years in Napoli, and I also suffered the racist songs of some fans,” Maradona said.
“I still remember the flags that said, ‘Welcome to Italy’. I feel Neapolitan and today I want to be with Kalidou Koulibaly.
“I hope that all this helps to end racism in football once and for all. Greetings to all! #NoRacism.”