Ancelotti was speaking after his side was beaten 1-0 by Internazionale in Milan on Boxing Day in a league game that was marred by racist chanting towards Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly and fan violence before the match in which a 35-year-old man reportedly died.
The Napoli coach pointed to Koulibaly’s dismissal in the 80th minute as the game’s turning point, suggesting the defender had been severely “shaken” by the abuse.
“The red card determined the result. We were pushing towards the end but we were affected by going down to 10 men,” Ancelotti told the Napoli website.
“It’s a shame because three times we asked for the match to be suspended for the racist chanting towards Koulibaly.”
European governing body UEFA instructs that a player or team found guilty of racist conduct must be suspended for at least 10 matches. Referees are instructed to stop, suspend, or even abandon a match if racist incidents occur.
“It shook him — he’s a good-mannered player and he was bombarded by the stadium,” added Ancelotti.
“Despite our requests and the chanting, the game wasn’t suspended. I think it should have been. Next time we’ll stop playing ourselves, whatever happens.
“It was impossible for him to be calm — he cares a lot about the issue of racism and he commits a lot of time to the matter, including in society.
“What happened today is unacceptable — not just for us but for Italian football as a whole.”
Serie A and Inter did not immediately reply to CNN’s request for comment.
Four Napoli fans were also stabbed in violent clashes ahead of the game, said Repubblica. Milan police were not immediately contactable when called by CNN International.
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Koulibaly was initially booked for a foul on Matteo Politano, but after sarcastically applauding the referee he was red carded.
Substitute Lautaro Martinez then scored a stoppage-time winner for Inter, while Napoli finished the game with nine men after Lorenzo Insigne was also sent off.
Koulibaly later tweeted: “I’m sorry for the defeat and above all for leaving my brothers. But I’m proud of the color of my skin. To be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: man”
In 2017, Ghanaian footballer Sulley Muntari said he received racial abuse every game playing in Italy’s Serie A.
Playing for Pescara at the time, Muntari walked off the pitch after hearing abuse and later told CNN Sport that he’d support a player boycott in protest against racism.
Last month a study of 27,000 fans from 38 countries — conducted by anti-racism group Kick It Out and live-score app Forza Football — revealed 60% of respondents said they would support points deductions, while 54% of supporters said they had witnessed racist abuse while watching a game.
“Clubs or countries whose supporters are racially abusive should face harsher sanctions, including points deductions,” said Lord Ouseley, chairman Kick It Out.