Wednesday February 3 2016
Pioli: 'Racist fans a minority'

Stefano Pioli condemned Lazio fans for racist chants against Napoli and admits their home form is a problem.

The Serie A leaders ran out 2-0 winners at the Stadio Olimpico, but play was halted during the second half for persistent racist chants aimed at Kalidou Koulibaly.

“Discriminatory chants should not exist. People need to have values like respect and education, never forgetting them,” slammed Pioli on Rai Sport.

“Mind you, I am not sure I would’ve stopped play, as I don’t think it helps. The chants are unjustifiable, but doing this we give a sense of importance to a tiny minority of troublemakers. It certainly wasn’t the entire stadium.

“I find it so hard to understand racist chants when we have black players in our squad.”

Lazio slipped down to ninth place in the table and Pioli confirms their campaign has been poor.

“It’s complicated to talk about European qualification looking at our current position in the table. Clearly we have to improve, without forgetting we are still in the Europa League itself.

“We are dropping a lot of points at home this season. Against Napoli we played well for 20 minutes, but after their goal we misread so many situations.”

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