Kalidou Koulibaly: Napoli fans show support before game against Bologna

Kalidou Kolibaly
Napoli defender Koulibaly was banned for two games after being sent off against Inter

Napoli supporters held aloft posters and banners in support of defender Kalidou Koulibaly in their first match since he was allegedly racially abused.

Senegal international Koulibaly missed the 3-2 victory over Bologna as a result of the red card he was shown during Thursday’s game at Inter Milan.

Fans at the San Paolo carried posters which read ‘Siamo tutti Koulibaly’ – ‘We are all Koulibaly’.

Inter supporters, meanwhile, were barred from Saturday’s match at Empoli.

After a meeting between the club and its security group, Empoli announced ticket sales to away fans had been “suspended” and further information would be given to those who had already purchased one.

Inter won the match 1-0, with Koulibaly’s Senegal team-mate Keita Balde scoring the winning goal in the second half.

Luciano Spalletti’s Inter must play their next two home games at the San Siro behind closed doors.

In Naples, Dries Mertens scored a late winner and Arkadiusz Milik netted twice for Carlo Ancelotti’s side to stay nine points behind unbeaten leaders Juventus, who beat Sampdoria 2-1.

Kalidou Kolibaly banner
Banners were held in support of Koulibaly
Empoli v Inter Milan
Inter played at Empoli in front of empty away stands

‘In freedom we are all alike’

The day before Napoli’s game at Bologna, Faouzi Ghoulam wrote a tweet in support of team-mate Koulibaly, which read:

“It doesn’t matter the colour of the skin.

“It doesn’t matter religion.

“It doesn’t matter what team you’re rooting for. Football, like all sports, is a game. And all the games are passion, fun, freedom

“And in freedom we are all alike.

“Tomorrow we will all be Koulibaly!”

Fauozi Ghoulam mask
Algeria full-back Ghoulam wore a mask of Koulibaly
Fauozi Ghoulam
Ghoulam wore Koulibaly’s number 26 shirt in the warm-up

Line-ups

Napoli

  • 1Meret
  • 2MalcuitBooked at 80mins
  • 33Albiol
  • 19Maksimovic
  • 31GhoulamSubstituted forMário Ruiat 68'minutes
  • 7CallejónSubstituted forOunasat 83'minutes
  • 20Zielinski
  • 5Marques LoureiroBooked at 90mins
  • 9VerdiSubstituted forRuizat 58'minutes
  • 14Mertens
  • 99Milik

Substitutes

  • 6Mário Rui
  • 8Ruiz
  • 11Ounas
  • 13Luperto
  • 23Hysaj
  • 25Ospina
  • 27Karnezis
  • 30Rog
  • 34Younes
  • 42Diawara

Bologna

  • 28Skorupski
  • 4De MaioBooked at 46mins
  • 23Larangeira
  • 18Helander
  • 14Mattiello
  • 16PoliSubstituted forOrsoliniat 79'minutes
  • 5PulgarBooked at 24mins
  • 32SvanbergSubstituted forNagyat 71'minutes
  • 35Dijks
  • 24Palacio
  • 9SantanderSubstituted forFalcinelliat 42'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Da Costa
  • 3González
  • 7Orsolini
  • 8Nagy
  • 11Krejci
  • 15Mbaye
  • 17Donsah
  • 22Destro
  • 30Okwonkwo
  • 31Dzemaili
  • 33Calabresi
  • 91Falcinelli
Referee:
Gianpaolo Calvarese

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamBologna
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Napoli 3, Bologna 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Napoli 3, Bologna 2.

Allan (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diego Falcinelli (Bologna).

Booking

Allan (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Allan (Napoli).

Riccardo Orsolini (Bologna) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rodrigo Palacio (Bologna) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Offside, Napoli. Kevin Malcuit tries a through ball, but Fabián Ruiz is caught offside.

Corner, Bologna. Conceded by Alex Meret.

Attempt saved. Danilo (Bologna) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riccardo Orsolini with a cross.

Corner, Bologna. Conceded by Nikola Maksimovic.

Attempt saved. Fabián Ruiz (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Ounas.

Corner, Bologna. Conceded by Kevin Malcuit.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 3, Bologna 2. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fabián Ruiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Adam Ounas replaces José Callejón.

Attempt blocked. Mário Rui (Napoli) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabián Ruiz.

Goal!

Goal! Napoli 2, Bologna 2. Danilo (Bologna) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Erick Pulgar with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Kevin Malcuit (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kevin Malcuit (Napoli).

Mitchell Dijks (Bologna) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bologna. Riccardo Orsolini replaces Andrea Poli.

Offside, Napoli. Arkadiusz Milik tries a through ball, but Dries Mertens is caught offside.

Dries Mertens (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danilo (Bologna).

Foul by Kevin Malcuit (Napoli).

Andrea Poli (Bologna) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Napoli. Conceded by Filip Helander.

Attempt blocked. Dries Mertens (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Arkadiusz Milik.

Substitution

Substitution, Bologna. Ádám Nagy replaces Mattias Svanberg.

Foul by Nikola Maksimovic (Napoli).

Rodrigo Palacio (Bologna) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

José Callejón (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mitchell Dijks (Bologna).

Substitution

Substitution, Napoli. Mário Rui replaces Faouzi Ghoulam.

Attempt saved. Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fabián Ruiz.

Allan (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Diego Falcinelli (Bologna).

Attempt missed. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Foul by Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli).

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