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Soccer News of Wednesday, 3 August 2022


Fans wail, demand response from Osimhen over Napoli owners racist comment on black players

A collage of Napoli owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis and striker Osimhen A collage of Napoli owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis and striker Osimhen

An alleged racist comment by Napoli owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis on the signing of African players has set tongues wagging on social media.

According to the owner of the Naples-based club, he will only sanction the purchase of an African player if only the player agrees to forfeit the Nations Cup mostly hosted in January when the European season is underway.

“I told them, lads, don’t talk to me about Africans anymore,” De Laurentiis said during the streamed event, according to Football Italia.

“I love them, but either they sign something confirming they’ll back out of playing the Africa Cup of Nations, or otherwise between that tournament, the World Cup qualifiers in South America, these players are never available! We are the idiots who pay salaries only to send them all over the world playing for others," the Napoli President added.

The comment by the Italian film producer did not go down well with some Africans who have taken to social media to lash out at the Italian club owner for being racist.

Some of the fans are demanding a swift response from Victor Osimhen and Cameroon's Anguissah who are the two African currently in the books of Napoli.

Check out some reactions below: