CAF Calls For UEFA To Investigate Napoli President De Laurentiis

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is demanding UEFA to investigate Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis following his ‘appalling’ remarks against Afcon tournament.

Last week Napoli president De Laurentiis sparked noise across the globe after saying African players who want to be employed at the club [Napoli] must sign a waiver that prohibits them from participating at the African Cup of Nations tournament.

President De Laurentiis argued that he can’t continue to pay African players large monies only for them to go for Afcon during the peak of the season.

I love them, but either they sign something confirming they’ll back out of playing the Africa Cup of Nations, or otherwise between that tournament, the World Cup qualifiers in South America, these players are never available!

“We are the idiots who pay salaries only to send them all over the world playing for others.”

Responding to the remarks, the continent’s football governing board said disciplinary action should be taken against De Laurentiis.

CAF issued a statement condemning De Laurentiis’ remarks, challenging UEFA to intervene.

iHarare is publishing the statement in its entirety.

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 Regulations.  CAF, therefore, urges UEFA to initiate a disciplinary investigation against him. 

“CAF is committed to the role that football plays in Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia, and globally in bringing together and uniting people of different cultures, language groups, races, ethnic groups, and religious backgrounds. 

“We have no doubt that Napoli and UEFA are as committed as CAF is to these global humanitarian objectives. 

“Are we to assume that the Chairman of Napoli is going to include similar restrictive conditions to players from South America, Asia, and other Confederations prohibiting them from playing in their Continental competitions which are important for the development and growth of football globally? 

“The African Cup of Nations is the flagship competition of the African continent and one of the leading global football competitions. Its last edition in Cameroon was shown in more than 160 countries and attracted more than 600 million viewers.”