Napoli have released an official statement which indicates they will take action towards their own players after they ignored a request from owner Aurelio De Laurentiis to go into “ritiro“.
This is essentially a crisis training camp which is common in Italian football, one that sees the players stay all together for a period of usually a week while problems are resolved.
The Partenopei announced the ritiro after the weekend’s 2-1 loss to AS Roma, but Coach Carlo Ancelotti publicly criticised the decision in his pre-match press conference ahead of their match with Red Bull Salzburg in midweek.
Ancelotti also refused his UEFA contractual obligations to speak to the press after the 1-1 draw on Tuesday evening.
“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,” the official statement read.
“It is also made clear that the responsibility to decide on ordering days in a training retreat lies with Carlo Ancelotti.
“A press silence has been ordered from now until a date yet to be decided.”