Napoli vow to boycott Italian Super Cup after defeat

Napoli vow to boycott Italian Super Cup after defeat
By Eurosport

13/08/2012 at 19:15Updated 13/08/2012 at 22:41

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis toasted his players after their Super Cup final defeat to Juventus - then insisted his club would never again play in the competition.

De Laurentiis was unhappy with the nature of the 4-2 defeat after extra time in Beijing that saw two Napoli players - Goran Pandev and Juan Camilo Zuniga - sent off. Napoli also opted to boycott the trophy presentation in protest.

Napoli's decision to refuse to speak to the media was criticised by Juventus and Serie A.

De Laurentiis broke his silence today, and said: "Am I still angry? Why no, just five minutes after the game I was calm again.

“You know what I did after dinner? I gathered the team, I took them out to a club and we toasted them with 10 bottles of champagne.

“I told the guys to immediately cancel this Super Cup and to think about the games we are playing, the friendly with Olympiacos on Sunday and the start of the League in Palermo.

“Also, I decided to give each of them a bonus of €20,000, because they were the moral winners of this Super Cup, to me.

"This Super Cup is worthless, as it is organised. The lingering bitterness is that we have lost a good opportunity to export the impeccable image of our football abroad."