Inter’s Keita Balde Diao admits ‘I can’t see racist incidents not being repeated’ as ‘if people don’t learn as children, they won’t learn when they’re 30-40.’
The issue of racism in Serie A is back on the agenda after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused by Inter fans on Boxing Day, and Keita believes the problem goes beyond the turnstiles.
“I can’t see racist incidents not being repeated,” the winger told Sky Sport Italia.
“There will always be ignorant people. Not everyone has the same education. if they don’t learn as children then they won’t learn when they’re 30-40 years of age.
“Having said that, you shouldn’t punish 100 people for the actions of 10. Everyone is responsible for their own actions.
“Let’s say that 2018 ended well for me. It was important to finish the year well by beating Empoli and we did that.
“Now we have to start this year well so we can keep getting better and exceed expectations. Let’s say that when you start scoring goals, the rest come by themselves.
“I’ve already said that I was in no hurry, I know my qualities and only patience was needed in waiting for the first goal to go in. Now I hope to keep improving.
“I think the club are working very well in every aspect. They’re growing and they’ll get better with each year that passes.
“They welcomed me very well and we’re like a big family here. Winning the Europa League? I think we can.
“We have a big enough squad to compete on three fronts, so we must be confident.”