The harsh comments made by Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis regarding African footballers have been denounced by the Confederation of African Football CAF.
De Laurentiis recently said he wouldn’t recruit any African players unless they gave him clear guarantees that they wouldn’t participate in the Africa Cup of Nations.
A player’s participation in this tournament is not permitted to interfere with domestic league play because it occurs in January and February and lasts up to six weeks.
“CAF is outraged by Mr. Aurelio De Laurentiis, President of Napolireckless ,’s and heinous statements on behalf of African players and the Africa Cup of Nations.
“De Laurentiis very certainly violated Article 14 of the UEFA Discipline Regulations when he publicly said that players joining Napoli must agree to a waiver barring them from competing in the Africa Cup of Nations as a condition of employment. As a result, CAF requests that UEFA launch a disciplinary procedure against him.
“CAF is committed to the role that football plays in bringing together and unifying people from various cultures, language groups, races, ethnic groupings, and religious origins in Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia, and other regions of the world.”
Undoubtedly, Napoli and UEFA share CAF’s commitment to global humanitarian objectives.
“Is it to be believed that the Chairman of Napoli would impose restrictions on players from South America, Asia, and other Confederations that prevent them from participating in their continental competitions, which are critical to the growth and development of football globally?” The African Cup of Nations is not only one of the most prestigious football tournaments in the world, but it is also the most important event on the African continent. The most current Cameroonian version was broadcast in over 160 countries, with over 600 million viewers.