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‘Referee Took The Correct Decision’ – Napoli Coach Spalletti Reacts To Osimhen’s Red Card Incident

‘Referee Took The Correct Decision’ – Napoli Coach Spalletti Reacts To Osimhen’s Red Card Incident 

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti has backed Italian referee Gianluca Aureliano’s decision to send Victor Osimhen off in Napoli’s Serie A opener against Venezia on Sunday.

Osimhen was shown a straight red card in the 23rd minute after appearing to punch Venezia defender Daan Heymans before a corner kick was taken.


Without consulting the video assistant referee, Aureliano independently took the decision to send off Osimhen as he was close to the incident.

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Reacting to the incident, Spalletti warned Osimhen to becareful.

“Osimhen’s expulsion? He has to be careful of his emotional reactions. He is a strong attacker and all the defenders will try to help themselves by limiting his physical exuberance,” Spalletti was quoted as saying by ilnapolista.it.

“He will always have his hands on the defenders. He must be careful. The referee was very correct when he explained to me what he saw.”

Osimhen will now miss Napoli’s next match with Genoa next Sunday and could be banned for at least one more match if the incident is deemed to be violent conduct.

Despite Osimhen’s expulsion, Napoli still went on to win 2-0.

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  • Ako AMADI 1 month ago

    I’m watching this coach with interest and feeling sorry for Victor Osimhen. This manager does not want him to succeed

    • Adisboy 1 month ago

      Ako, na lie ooo. Spalleti is one of Osimhen’s biggest fans. So much so that the coach paid special attention to him during pre-season. Apart from picking up further red cards, Osimhen’s starting position is assured under this coach. He no get wahalla.

  • He sud calm down and do what he is paid for. He wasn’t like this when he was in Lille. Is it cos people are praising him right, left and center the reason why he is misbehaving? I like what d coach said truly he has to be careful and calm his temper that is d plain truth otherwise he will just ruin is career.

    • tthat’snot act of misbehaving he just happened once ever since he has be playing nd you called misbehaving? He just need to be careful simple