Napoli striker Victor Osimhen mocked by his own club on social media; Osimhen's agent Roberto Calenda has threatened to take legal action against the Serie A club; Osimhen scored for Napoli in a win against Udinese on Wednesday, but did not celebrate
Thursday 28 September 2023 21:14, UK
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Napoli insist they did not intend to offend Victor Osimhen after appearing to mock the striker in a video on TikTok.
The Italian champions posted a video on the social media site which made a joke of Osimhen missing a penalty in Sunday's 0-0 draw against Bologna, with an odd, sped-up voice dubbed over the top.
Osimhen's agent has threatened to take legal action against Napoli over the post, which has now been deleted.
Napoli stopped short of apologising to the Nigeria international on Thursday as they addressed the matter.
«To avoid any potential exploitation of the matter, Napoli would like to explicitly state that the club never intended to offend or make fun of Victor Osimhen, who is an asset to the club,» read a statement on the team's official website.
«Over the course of the summer Napoli rejected all offers to sign the striker firm proof of the clubs appreciation of him.
»On social media, and TikTok particularly, expressive language is used in a light-hearted and playful manner. In this case involving Victor there was no intention of mockery or derision.
«If Victor was in any way offended, this was not at all in the club's intentions.»
Napoli boss Rudi Garcia insists Osimhen is committed to the club although reports suggest he could be considering his future. Osimhen has a deal at Napoli until 2025 and there is said to be interest from Saudi Arabia.
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