Wednesday November 6 2019
Napoli take legal action against rebels

Napoli have released a statement essentially confirming they will take legal action against their players after a mutiny against the training retreat.

The squad was meant to remain in a training retreat until Saturday’s Serie A game with Genoa, but they rebelled after last night’s Champions League draw with RB Salzburg.

Instead, the players all went home and coach Carlo Ancelotti refused to speak to the media, including contractual encounters organised by UEFA.

“The club announces that, with reference to the behaviour of the players yesterday, Tuesday November 5 2019, it will proceed to protect its rights on an economic, capital, image and disciplinary levels in every competent jurisdiction.

“It is also made clear that the responsibility to decide on ordering days in a training retreat lies with coach Carlo Ancelotti.

“A press silence has been ordered from now until a date yet to be decided.”

It’s reported President Aurelio De Laurentiis held an hour-long conference call with coach Ancelotti following this morning’s training session.

The team has already returned to their homes and Ancelotti has also now left Castelvolturno.

Meanwhile, sporting lawyers warn the players could be docked up to five per cent of their salary following the rebellion.

Ancelotti had said in public that he was against the idea of a training retreat, so the statement puts all responsibility back on the coach.

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