Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken out after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was allegedly subjected to racist chants during his side’s Boxing Day defeat at Inter.Head coach Carlo Ancelotti said after Napoli’s 1-0 loss that they tried to get the game suspended three times because of offensive chants.Koulibaly, who was sent off during the game, addressed the issue on social media after the match, which was won by Lautoro Martinez’s late goal, writing: “I’m sorry for the defeat and above all for having left my brothers! But I’m proud of the colour of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: man.” Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Juventus striker Ronaldo offered support to Koulibaly with a social media post accompanied with a snap of himself with the defender.”I always want education and respect in life and football,” Ronaldo wrote on Instagram. “No to racism or any other type of offence and discrimination!!!”Mayor of Milan Beppe Sala, who supports Inter, also condemned the abuse as he issued a public apology to Koulibaly via a Facebook post.”I went to the stadium yesterday, following that passion which was passed on to me by my father,” Sala wrote on Facebook. “I celebrated Inter’s win but I came home crestfallen.”Those ‘boos’ to Koulibaly were disgraceful. It was a disgraceful act aimed at a serious sportsman like him, who shows pride in the colour of his skin.”Inter will do what they feel is the right thing to do, but I would like it if they gave the captain’s armband to [Kwadwo] Asamoah for the Empoli game.”In the meantime, I would like to apologise to Kalidou Koulibaly in my own name and in the name of the decent city of Milan.”
zoom In light of the upcoming SOLAS container weight verification requirement and concerns over the transition to the new rules, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to a practical and pragmatic approach for the three months after July 1, according to maritime safety authority Maritime New Zealand.The main concerns were related to managing containers loaded before July 1 which would reach their final port on or after that date, as well as any possible teething problems with necessary software updates, data sharing, and communication systems.The three-month period would permit packed containers that are loaded on a ship before July 1 to be shipped to their final port without the verified gross mass, and flexibility to refine, if necessary, procedures for documenting, communicating and sharing verified gross mass information, without stopping shipments.The authority said that the flexibility in introducing new regulations for verifying container weights would benefit the country’s exporters, as about 97 percent of New Zealand’s trade is conducted by ship.“Disruption to that trade during the transition to the new regulations could cause unnecessary and potentially costly delays,” Maritime NZ Acting Director, Lindsay Sturt, said.Under the IMO’s new regulations the shipper exporting a container must provide its verified gross mass by methods set out in the regulations, and if it does not, then the container would not be loaded.Currently, container weights are declared but some incidents in the past have shown inaccurate declarations and grossly understated container weights, Maritime NZ said.“The new weight verification rules are an important safety measure to help protect seafarers, cargoes and ships,” Sturt said.