Football Back Pages: Chaos at Napoli
What's making headlines from around Europe's top leagues.
11 Nov 2019
We take a look at what's making headlines throughout European football.
Chaos at Napoli
A scoreless draw was an anti-climactic ending to a dramatic week for Napoli as players openly rebelled against management and ownership.
Exposing cracks within the club, the Napoli players defied an order from owner Aurelio de Laurentiis to go into training camp after the Champions League draw with RB Salzburg.
While manager Carlo Ancelotti was against the ritiro, he was forced to side with de Laurentiis, widening an apparent rift between him and the players.
The situation has clearly left Ancelotti under pressure, while de Laurentiis wants to fine the players, prolonging the standoff beyond the 0-0 draw with Genoa.
Sarri: Time to arrest and jail racist fans
The rising problems with racist fan behaviour - especially in Italy - may be too big for football authorities to handle.
But Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has called on the government to take charge and invoke laws that will have racist fans arrested and jailed:
I don't know if we have laws available to arrest them, but if they don't exist, I suggest a roundtable with football and the government to create those laws.
There have been numerous racist incidents this season, including one towards Mario Balotelli when Brescia played Hellas Verona.
Juventus cautious with Ronaldo soreness
Determined to play every possible minute, Cristiano Ronaldo was not pleased to be subbed off during the Champions League win over Lokomotiv Moscow.
But Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri opted for safety-first, concerned Ronaldo may have incurred a slight injury that had the potential to get worse.
Manchester United hope to have Pogba back in December
Needing as much help as possible to move up the Premier League table, Manchester United is counting on Paul Pogba to provide a boost.
That could come soon after manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained Pogba, restricted by ankle problems to just six appearances, is getting close to returning:
It won't be too long before he's out of his cast. He's going to work through the international break and hopefully we'll have him back in early December.
With Pogba in the line-up, United have one Premier League win, three draws and one loss. They managed two wins, one draw and three losses without him.
Serie A could have 5 subs next season
There could be a significant shift in tactics and player rotations in Serie A next season.
The Italian Football Federation has officially applied to IFAB, football’s lawmakers, to allow five substitutes per game from the 2020-21 season.
Penalty confusion costs Brugge and Diagne
There has been a price to pay for player and club after a missed penalty for Brugge in the Champions League loss to PSG.
Trailing 1-0, Mbaye Diagne won a penalty, insisted he take it instead of Hans Vanaken, and had the shot saved.
Manager Philippe Clement remained tight-lipped:
I am not going to say this player should have done this, that player should have done that. That stays in the change room.
But there was plenty of fallout with Diagne fined and dropped for Brugge’s weekend game against Royal Antwerp.