Napoli Set To Take Legal Action Against Own Players Following Mutiny
Napoli are reportedly ready to take legal action against their own players following a 'mutiny' last night.
Carlo Ancelotti's side drew 1-1 with RB Salzburg in the Champions League and their chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis had told the players to attend a five day training retreat.
But Napoli players refused and returned home while Ancelotti & striker Fernando Llorente refused to carry out their post-match media duties.
BOOM! MUTINY IN NAPLES!
Ancelotti and Napoli players have REJECTED to go on concentration for 5 days as the president had out of nowhere ordered yesterday by radio!
I don't recall anything like that has ever happened at such level in the world football.
You gotta love Serie A
- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) November 5, 2019
Napoli have released a statement this afternoon to comment on the situation and they've stated:
"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."
What a complete and utter state we are in. The retreat that Ancelotti didn't agree with has been cancelled as results continue to slide. Reports of mutiny and discontent. Where do we actually go from here? The whole season is falling apart and we've only just hit November...
- SSC Nap:soccer:li News (@SSCNapoliNews_) November 6, 2019
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Per football-italia, De Laurentiis held an hour-long conference call with Ancelotti following this morning's training session.
De Laurentiis is a controversial figure at the club and his meddling in team affairs is reportedly frustrating the coaches and players.
Sports lawyers have also raised concern that Napoli's players could be docked up to five percent of their wages after going against direct club orders.
New details in Napoli mutiny.
President had already left the stadium.
Squad was due to be driven after game straight to training camp for 5 days retreat.
The captain Insigne, on behalf of all team, went to president's son and said:
"We go home. Go tell it to your dad"
- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) November 6, 2019
Ancelotti had publicly spoken out against the training camp in recent days.
Napoli find themselves languishing in seventh in Serie A after finishing second last season.
Captain Lorenzo Insigne spoke discussed the players backing their manager, stating per The Daily Mail:
"We're a close-knit group and that's down to the coach as he maintains calm and has tried to take the pressure off us in this difficult spell."
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