Sunday May 15 2011
De Laurentiis thanks Mazzarri and fans

President Aurelio De Laurentiis made a speech in the heaving San Paolo thanking Walter Mazzarri and the supporters.

After a 1-1 draw with Inter mathematically secured third place, the joy exploded around the San Paolo along with fireworks, blue smoke bombs and the crowd singing unofficial Neapolitan anthem ‘O Suldato Innamurato.'

Paolo Cannavaro, both captain and the only local boy in the starting XI tonight, burst into tears at the final whistle.

As is traditional, Coach Mazzarri was thrown into the air by his players and drenched with water, while Marek Hamsik was main cheerleader on the touchline.

Naturally, banners urged Mazzarri to reject offers from other clubs and continue his experience with the Azzurri.

Edinson Cavani and Giuseppe Mascara were suspended for the Inter game, but came down from the stands to join in the celebrations.

Some players hijacked the motorised medical cart and rode it around the field like a lap of honour!

President De Laurentiis was on the field too, but stayed extremely calm and separate from the celebrations, allowing the players to enjoy their moment and visibly not shaking hands or hugging the Coach before taking the microphone.

“I want to thank Mazzarri and his collaborators for taking us to this point,” were his first words that echoed around the stadium.

“I then thank you, the fans, who have stood by us during the worst moments of Napoli's lifetime.

“The way you followed and supported this team does Naples proud and is the greatest element we have.

“I promise to help change the unjust law that is preventing many of you from travelling to away games. You will be able to follow Napoli whenever and wherever they will play.”

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