VIDEO. Football: “Don’t talk to me about African players anymore”… The shocking statement of Aurelio De Laurentiis, the president of Napoli
The vital factor
Invited to the channel Wall Street Italia, the president of SSC Napoli, Aurelio De Laurentiis, mentioned at size his imaginative and prescient for soccer. Due to the timing of the African Cup of Nations (at the starting of the calendar 12 months), the Italian introduced that he not wished to recruit African nationals.
“Don’t talk to me anymore about African players: both they refuse to play in the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) after they come to us, or we won’t pay wages to ship them to Africa to play with others.” Here are the phrases of the president of SSC Napoli, Aurelio de Laurentiis, throughout an interview with the channel Wall Street Italia, when discussing his imaginative and prescient for soccer.
This shocking statement by the Italian president has already been extensively shared on social media, which is a disgrace for a lot of when the membership contains African internationals resembling Nigerian Victor Osimene, Cameroonian Andre-Franc Zambo-Anguisa and Senegalese Kalidou Koulibaly, who has simply signed for Chelsea.
The Africa Cup of Nations is normally performed at the begin of the calendar 12 months, depriving golf equipment of their African worldwide players, as exists in worldwide touring rugby. Hence a “downside” for some golf equipment. Therefore, Aurelio de Laurentiis would settle for African players, in accordance to him, if they don’t seem to be eligible to play CAN or in the event that they agree not to play.
A brand new controversy in Italy
The nation of soccer, Italy, has sadly distinguished itself on many events for its difficulties in combating racism in its stadiums. All too typically in the transalpine enclosures, coloured players are the victims of shouting and insults. Recently, Moise Kean (Juventus participant and former PSG participant) or Blaise Matuidi, throughout his keep in Turin, paid the worth.
More monkey calls from the customer automotive park in direction of Keene…
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Italian soccer is affected by this kind of occasion, which occurs many instances throughout the season, and whether it is removed from the solely nation the place such issues occur, due to its aura and media protection, it sadly turns into a logo.
A deeper evil
“The worry of foreigners may be very current in Italy. Football isn’t any exception to this. We are nonetheless not used to seeing coloured players, even when there are 5 or 6 in our staff! When he’s in the opposing staff, the best factor is to make a racist tune,” Andrea Siliti, an Italian journalist, informed Radio France.
Sometimes we are able to talk about “human stupidity” when minorities of supporters use this sort of tune, however even some of the highest representatives, like Aurelio de Laurentiis, are too typically singled out as effectively. “The solely means to cease Lukaku is to give him ten bananas to eat,” a guide informed Top Calcio 24 on TV.
Here is an excerpt from the report “I’m not a monkey” by Olivier Dacourt, a former participant of the French staff and Italian golf equipment resembling Roma or Inter Milan. In explicit, we are able to discover this confrontation with the extremely of Hellas Verona membership.
The president of Lazio Rome (a membership with a fame for id), Claudio Lotito, had stated about the racist chants: “The expression ‘boo’ [semblable à des cris de singe, NDLR] doesn’t all the time correspond to a discriminatory or racist act. I bear in mind after I was younger there have been typically individuals who weren’t coloured, who had regular, white pores and skin, who have been booed to make them miss a aim after they arrived in entrance of the Guardian.”
Finally, Juventus Torino captain Bonucci very awkwardly defended his teammates (Keane and Matuidi) by saying that the blame was shared as a result of Moise Kean was celebrating his aim in opposition to the opposition followers…no he wasn’t..