Napoli owner says he has apologized to fan he attacked after Parma loss

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Unhinged Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis attacked a fan outside Il Tardini after his side's 1-0 loss at Parma. He says he has since called the man to apologize for his actions.

From Football Italia:

“I left quickly and got into the car to go to the airport. A fan suddenly shouted at me through the car window.

“Under the emotional effects of the game, I got down perhaps in an excessively aggressive manner to ask him what he had to complain about. After a few seconds, I got back into the car and was driven to the airport.

“Having arrived in Rome, I immediately contacted the fan via Nicola Lombardo. In the phone call I apologised for what happened and invited him to a cordial meeting in my office.”

The fact that he specified that the meeting would be "cordial" makes it sound like a trap. His "office" is probably an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of town.

There is video of the incident, but it's difficult to see exactly what happens. The fan shouted something at the film producer as he was getting into a van, which he abandoned to pursue the heckler before being pulled away and ushered back to the van.

This sort of rash behavior is nothing new for De Laurentiis. In 2011, he stormed out of the Serie A draw after loudly accusing the league of a conspiracy and then rode off on the back of a stranger's scooter

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Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter!

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