Football: Ancelotti orders struggling Napoli’s players into training camp

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ROME: Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti ordered his players on Monday (Dec 2) into a training camp after their latest dismal defeat, risking further unrest at the troubled Serie A club.

Ancelotti's side fell 2-1 at home to Bologna on Sunday, stretching their winless run in all competitions to eight and leaving them 17 points behind Inter Milan, and the 60-year-old has decided to crack down on his players.

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"Carlo Ancelotti has decided that the team will stay together as part of a training camp between Wednesday and Saturday's match away at Udinese," Napoli said in a statement.

On Saturday, players' union FIFPRO came out in support of Napoli's players after a row broke out between the squad and owner Aurelio De Laurentiis amid a run that also has them eight points away from the Champions League places.

De Laurentiis caused anger among the players earlier this month when he imposed a week-long training camp after a 2-1 league defeat at rivals Roma.

Ancelotti openly disagreed with the decision while the players broke the lockdown and returned home after a 1-1 draw against Salzburg in the Champions League three days later.

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