Napoli‘s eccentric owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has threatened to launch a legal action against his own first-team and management staff following last night’s underwhelming 1-1 draw with RB Salzburg.
The Serie A giants went into last night’s Champions League match-day four knowing a victory would help them take a massive leap towards the competition’s knockout stages, along with Liverpool.
However, the 1-1 scoreline really hasn’t gone down well with the club’s hierarchy, with De Laurentiis sparking a full-scale mutiny after the final whistle.
Following the weekend loss to Roma, De Laurentiis decided to send the squad on a training retreat as punishment after – a common course of action in Italian football called “in ritiro”.
The camp was being held at Napoli’s Castel Volturno training ground and should have lasted for the whole week but players were seen getting into their own cars and driving home after Tuesday’s game.
That has led to Napoli releasing a pretty strong statement today, which read: “With regard to the behaviour of the first-team squad on Tuesday night, the club announces that it will do everything in its power to protect its economic interests, assets, image rights and disciplinary interests.
“The club would also like to make clear that it has entrusted first-team coach Carlo Ancelotti with decision-making responsibility as regards the first-team training camp.
“There will be no more press statements for the foreseeable future.”
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