Naples, August 27 - The mayor of Capri reacted with outrage Tuesday after the owner of Napoli soccer club said he would seek 100 million euros in damages after a star player cut his face in an accident there. Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain slipped on a rock on the resort island of Capri and split his face open Monday. The new Argentina signing from Real Madrid had to have two stitches to his cheek and eight to his jaw and missed practice Tuesday. Mayor Ciro Lembo dismissed Aurelio De Laurentiis's demands as "rash" adding that celebrities, billionaires, and media stars all happily holiday on Capri and Higuain was treated by proper medical authorities. "(Higuain) was treated with great speed and professionalism," said the mayor. Earlier, De Laurentiis said that when he saw the photos of Higuain's injuries, he contacted his lawyers and told them to begin working on the case, adding the any damages awarded will be given to charity. The soccer club owner said that he wanted to teach politicians a lesson about the importance of good health care.
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