Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has sensationally threatened to pull out of the August 11 Italian Super Cup against Juventus in Beijing.
There were already arguments over the venue and date of the competition, but the clubs had managed to reach an agreement.
According to the Corriere dello Sport newspaper, De Laurentiis has changed his mind again and is prepared to boycott the tournament.
“Can you explain to me what is the point of going to China a few days before the start of the season?” De Laurentiis was quoted as saying, although it is not an interview.
“No, Napoli will not go to Beijing. It’s a crazy journey and pointless stress.”
It is alleged the Napoli President contacted Juventus patron Andrea Agnelli, the Lega Serie A chiefs and Coach Walter Mazzarri in a bid to drum up support for this idea.
There is an alternative plan of a two-legged Italian Super Cup on August 4 and 12, but that would be extremely short notice to arrange Italian venues.
The newspaper even suggests De Laurentiis asked how much of a fine he’d have to pay if Napoli abandoned the Super Cup entirely.
The Italian Super Cup opens each season and is between the Scudetto winners and holders of the Coppa Italia.