The Confederation of African Football, CAF has condemned Napoli’s President, Aurelio De Laurentiis comment on African players.

Aurelio De Laurentiis, last week, said he will never again sign an African player ‘unless they sign an agreement backing out of the Africa Cup of Nations’.

“I love them but either they sign a waiver and pull out of playing in the AFCON because otherwise between the AFCON and the Copa America (players) they’re never available. We are the suckers who pay their wages…”

CAF has described it as irresponsible and Unacceptable. Below is a CAF statement.

‘CAF is appalled by the irresponsible and unacceptable remarks made by Napoli President, Mr Aurelio De Laurentiis on African players and the Africa Cup of Nations.

By publicly declaring that players who sign for Napoli must sign a waiver denouncing participation in the Africa Cup of Nations as a condition of employment, De Laurentiis’ comments likely to fall under Article 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.  CAF therefore urges UEFA to initiate disciplinary investigation against him. 

CAF is committed to the role that football plays in Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia and globally of bringing together and uniting people of different cultures, language groups, races, ethnic groups and religious backgrounds. 

We have no doubt that Napoli and UEFA are as committed as CAF is to these global humanitarian objectives. 

Are we to assume that the Chairman of Napoli is going to include similar restrictive conditions to players from South America, Asia and other Confederations prohibiting them from playing in their Continental competitions which are important for the development and growth of football globally? 

The African Cup of Nations is the flagship competition of the African continent and one of the leading global football competitions. Its last edition in Cameroon was shown in more than 160 countries and attracted more than 600 million viewers.’