CAF denounce Napoli owner comments over African players

Ahram Online , Sunday 7 Aug 2022

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) denounced on Sunday comments made by Napoli's owner over the signing of African players, urging European governing body UEFA to open disciplinary investigation against him.

Cameroonian midfielder Andr -Frank Zambo Anguissa. AFP


Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis said on Tuesday that he would not sign any more African players unless they agree to take no part in the Africa Cup of Nations, which usually takes place during the period between January and February every two years. 

"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 likely to fall under Article 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations. CAF therefore urges UEFA to initiate disciplinary investigation against him," CAF said in a statement. 

"CAF is committed to the role that football plays in Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia and globally of 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 statement read. 

Chelsea's newly-signed Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who joined the Blues from Napoli in the close season, had also rejected De Laurentiis' comments, stressing that all clubs should respect the international commitments of their players.

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