The mayor of Capri has hit back at Aurelio De Laurentiis after the Napoli president said his club should demand €100 million in damages because of the poor treatment he alleges was received by Gonzalo Higuain.
Higuan, 25, needed ten stitches in facial wounds after he slipped and fell on rocks while disembarking from a yacht off the Campania coast.
The Argentine forward was taken to the local Capilupi hospital after suffering the injuries the day after Napoli had defeated Bologna 3-0 on his debut.
However, De Laurentiis said: “As soon as I saw the photos, I told my solicitors that we’re asking €100 million in damages.
“A yacht with a billionaire could arrive in Capri and what impression do we give? You don’t get this even in Africa.
“I’m sick of us not having good quality medics. An actor or a footballer, or any person, goes to hospital, and they don’t even know how to apply stitches in a humane way.”
But Ciro Lembo, the mayor of Capri, hit back, telling Il Giornale: “I’d like to thank the medics, nurses and the first-aiders who carried out their jobs with extreme professionalism.
“The player himself and his friends thanked everybody for their work. I don’t know what De Laurentiis is talking about.
“We are interested in the health of everybody, not just VIPs. Without even seeing the work done, De Laurentiis has drawn a rash conclusion within 24 hours of the accident happening. He has spoken like somebody who is incompetent, whereas he should have thanked us for the swiftness of the intervention.
“With the damages he wants us to pay him, we could rebuild the Capilupi and make it more comfortable for all the patients, not only those from Capri or VIPs, but for everybody from all walks of life.”
Higuain trained separately from his team-mates on Tuesday, but is expected to be ready to return to action against Chievo on Saturday.