The Confederation of African Football has condemned the ‘irresponsible’ remarks made by Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis over his proposed plan to no longer sign African players, and called on European counterpart UEFA to open a disciplinary investigation against the 73-year-old.
The Italian club’s president last week said that he would no longer sign any more African players unless they agreed to miss the Africa Cup of Nations.
Apparently, CAF is not in support of his decision and has asked UEFA to institute disciplinary action against De Laurentiis.
CAF’s statement via their official website read:
CAF is appalled by the irresponsible and unacceptable remarks made by Napoli President, Mr Aurelio De Laurentiis on African players and the Africa Cup of Nations.
By publicly declaring that players who sign for Napoli must sign a waiver denouncing participation in the Africa Cup of Nations as a condition of employment, De Laurentiis’ comments [are] likely to fall under Article 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulation. CAF therefore urges UEFA to initiate disciplinary investigation against him.
CAF will now await a response from UEFA who it believes should find the Napoli chief in violation of its disciplinary rules.