Napoli’s prolific Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen is reserving “the right to take legal action” against his employers, the Italian football champions who’s bizarre decision to release a TikTok video (see below) mocking the player has horribly backfired.
The cretinous video which has since been deleted, featured a clip of the striker’s penalty miss from their 0-0 draw with Bologna on Sunday, with a perverse squeaky voice dubbed over the top.
Osimhen’s agent, Roberto Calenda, wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter:
“What happened today on Napoli’s official profile on the TikTok platform is not acceptable. A video mocking Victor was first made public and then, but now belatedly, deleted.
“A serious fact that causes very serious damage to the player and adds to the treatment that the boy is suffering in the last period between media trials and fake news.”
Calenda said: “We reserve the right to take legal action and any useful initiative to protect Victor.”
There appeared to be tension between Osimhen and Napoli’s manager, Rudi Garcia, during the game against Bologna.
The 24-year-old Nigerian striker berated Garcia as he was substituted with four minutes remaining of the goalless draw. Garcia played down the situation.
Last season Osimhen helped Napoli secure a first league title in three decades, scoring 26 Serie A goals and 31 across all competitions.
He was linked with a summer transfer and did not extend his contract, which runs to 2025.
🇳🇬 This was the original video posted by Napoli about Victor Osimhen… and then deleted.
⚠️ …player’s agent Calenda announced that Osimhen is considering to take legal action against Napoli. pic.twitter.com/0PLunco9aD
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 26, 2023