CAF Condemns Unacceptable Comments By Napoli President On African Players …
The offensive comments made by Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis about African players have been denounced by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
De Laurentiis recently said that until African players gave him formal assurances that they would not play in the Africa Cup of Nations, he would not sign them.
Since it takes place in January and February, domestic league competitions cannot be interrupted by a player’s participation in this tournament for up to six weeks.
“CAF is appalled by the irresponsible and reprehensible words made on behalf of African players and the Africa Cup of Nations by Mr. Aurelio De Laurentiis, President of Napoli,”.
De Laurentiis’ remarks are probably in violation of Article 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations because he publicly stated that players who sign for Napoli must sign a waiver that forbids them from competing in the Africa Cup of Nations as a condition of employment. Therefore, CAF requests that UEFA open a disciplinary case against him.
“CAF is committed to the role that football plays in bringing together and unifying people from diverse cultures, linguistic groups, races, ethnic groupings, and religious backgrounds in Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia, and around the world.”
We have no doubt that Napoli and UEFA are just as dedicated to these international humanitarian goals as CAF.
Are we to believe 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 crucial to the expansion and development of football internationally? The African Cup of Nations is one of the premier football tournaments in the world and the premier event for the African continent. More than 600 million people watched its most recent Cameroonian edition, which was broadcast in more than 160 nations.