Arsenal have launched an investigation after a video emerged online where a supporter can be heard racially abusing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.The Gunners won their Europa League quarter-final first leg meeting 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium but another incident of racism will overshadow the result.
In a Snapchat video shot during the game, the culprit can be heard using the ‘n-word’ to refer to Koulibaly – with the word also written across the screen for part of the 15-second recording.
Arsenal are investigating a video emerged of a fan racially abusing Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly
‘We utterly condemn use of this type of racist language and have launched an investigation to identify the culprit,’ Arsenal said in a statement.
‘We operate a zero tolerance approach and anyone behaving like this is not welcome at Arsenal and will be banned from matches.
‘We have an extremely diverse community of fans who are all part of the Arsenal family and such incidents are rare at the Emirates Stadium.
‘We encourage supporters to report any incidents as they happen to stewards or via our match day alert
Koulibaly keeps tabs on Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan during the quarter-final, first leg
It comes four months after Koulibaly, who is a transfer target for Manchester United and valued at £75m, was subjected to monkey chants by Inter Milan supporters.
The crowd at the San Siro were told several times over the stadium’s public address system to stop making the noises but ignored the requests.
Inter were ordered to play two Serie A fixtures behind closed doors following the incident.
Earlier in the season, Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha responded to racists who had targeted him and his family with death threats after winning a penalty against Arsenal.
Zaha had won a late spot-kick to earn his team a draw at Selhurst Park, only to receive a hateful reaction on social media.
Koulibaly was racially abused by Inter Milan fans at the San Siro on Boxing Day
Writing on Instagram, Zaha said: ‘For all the people taking it one step further and being racist and wishing death on my family, I wish you and your families the best too x p.s. my life is still very good despite your hate.’
The incident at the Emirates Stadium came on the same night Chelsea barred three of their own supporters from entering the stadium for their Europa League tie at Slavia Prague after video emerged of them singing ‘bomber’ chants against Liverpool player Mohamed Salah.
Napoli fans expressed solidarity with Koulibaly at their next home fixture after the abuse
Source : www.dailymail.co.uk