EDF: ‘Players should walk off’

Roma Coach Eusebio Di Francesco is “in total agreement” with Carlo Ancelotti that players should be taken off the pitch if they are subjected to racial abuse.

The Napoli boss stated after the chants directed at Kalidou Koulibaly against Inter that he’d take his side off the pitch if it happens again.

“I’m in total agreement with Carlo,” Di Francesco said in his Press conference ahead of the Parma match.

“I fully embrace what he says, if the state can’t regulate these problems then we need to give important answers.

“We go to the stadium more to insult the other team than cheer our own. Even at Roma things are targeted more to offend than to celebrate.

“We must be tough and determined, we need to let go of certain chants and behaviours.”

Di Francesco did also discuss tomorrow’s match, and the dangers Parma will pose.

“They don’t make possession their best weapon, they get it forward quickly and are really good on the counter-attack.

“We’ll play our game, but we need to be good at preventative marking, denying our opponents the chance to counter-attack, which could inevitably happen.

“Roberto D’Aversa was a midfielder, and we midfielders are usually smarter! Joking apart, he did the whole process, he earned Serie A.

“I admire him very much, he plays different football to me but I think he just adapted to the characteristics of his players, and he’s getting great results.”

Edin Dzeko was back on the bench against Sassuolo, will he or Patrik Schick start tomorrow?

“Schick is fine, he’s recovered and he’s been training with the squad. He was more fatigued than anything.

“Dzeko is ready but that’s one of the evaluations I need to make, they could both play from the start.

“I need to make evaluations on the whole team, I have many players who are coming back from many injuries and are not in optimal condition.”

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