Eccentric/insane Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis stormed out of the televised Serie A fixture draw for the 2011/12 season, upset that his club's first season back in the Champions League won't be as easy as he had hoped. The movie producer who took the club from bankruptcy in Serie C to a third-place finish in Serie A last season has never been afraid to blurt out whatever he feels like and the fact that this event was broadcast on live television didn't change that.
From Football Italia:
The patron had hoped his team would not have difficult fixtures close to the Champions League games. After only a few fixtures had been revealed by the computer, De Laurentiis reacted very angrily.
He swore at the gathered Serie A club Presidents, FIGC members and media in the Lega hall as he walked away.
"It's all been mapped out against us," he blasted. "Enough is enough, I'm going back to cinema.
"I'm ashamed to be Italian! I want to change citizenship!"
Once he was out of the building, De Laurentiis asked a stranger on a scooter to take him away. The man agreed, so De Laurentiis hopped on the back of his scooter and they rode off, which you can see at the end of the video above.
Of course, since this is the land of Calciopoli, just because De Laurentiis is paranoid doesn't mean they're not after him, so who knows if his accusations have merit. Either way, he made this the greatest draw of all time.
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- Aurelio De Laurentiis