Serie A champions Napoli have released an official statement on the controversial TikTok video involving their Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen.
Osimhen was infuriated after a video was posted on the club’s TikTok account this week.
In the video, Osimhen was mocked for missing a penalty in the Partenopei’s 0-0 draw against Bologna last weekend.
Osimhen’s agent Roberto Calenda threatened to take legal action against Napoli following the incident.
The 24-year-old also took down all images of him in the Partenopei jersey on his social media accounts.
The Partenopei stated they didn’t mean any harm with the message.
“Calcio Napoli, wishing to avoid any exploitation of the issue, point out that we never wanted to offend or mock Victor Osimhen, who is a treasure of this club,” reads the statement.
“As proof of that, during the summer training retreat, the Club firmly rebuffed every offer that was received for the striker’s transfer abroad”.
“Social media, in particular TikTok, has always used an expressive form of language with a light heart and creativity, without wanting to, as in the case with Osimhen as protagonist, have any intention of insult or derision”.
“In any case, if Victor perceived any offence towards him, this was not what the club intended”.
Osimhen scored a goal and provided an assist in Napoli’s 4-1 win against Udinese on Wednesday night.
He has scored four goals in six league appearances for the Partenopei this season.
The striker was top scorer in Serie A last season with 26 goals in 32 appearances.Copyright © 2023 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.