In the midst of the club’s racism controversy against Victor Osimhen (25, Napoli), a pundit has emerged to blame the player.
According to Italy’s Area Napoli, Francesco Marolda, a well-known Italian journalist, appeared on the TV program “Giochiamo d’Anticipo” of Televomero and commented on Osimhen.
Osimhen missed a penalty kick (PK) in Bologna’s 0-0 draw on Sept. 25. Osimhen stepped up to take the PK in the 27th minute with the score 0-0, but his shot went wide of the post.
Osimhen was then substituted for Giovanni Simeone in the 41st minute of the second half. During the process, Osimhen made it clear that he was unhappy with his substitution and made his displeasure known to Napoli head coach Rudi Garcia. He even threw his jersey on the bench.
Osimhen apologized for his behavior. According to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato, Osimhen admitted to Garcia after the game that he had crossed the line.
However, Napoli took issue with Osimhen’s PK miss. The club posted a video on its official social media that appeared to mock Osimhen. They included the sound of children screaming and a coconut, a racial slur, to demean him.
Napoli quickly deleted the video when it became a problem. However, the aftermath was far-reaching, with Osimhen’s agent Roberto Calenda releasing an official statement saying that “Napoli’s actions in posting the video on their TikTok account are unacceptable” and that “legal action will be considered.”
The mocked party, Osimhen, was equally upset. He deleted all posts related to Napoli on his social media. At this point, it appears that his relationship with Napoli has been damaged beyond repair.
Osimhen started the league match against Udinese, a 4-1 victory on August 28, and he was as decisive as ever, scoring the winning goal to make it 2-0. However, Osimhen’s celebrations were not as enthusiastic as usual.
“I was surprised by his reaction considering his age,” Marolda said of the controversy, “The app in question, TikTok, is lighthearted and sarcastic. It’s also very non-journalistic. The language is completely different.”
“Osimen’s response is entirely an excuse. I’m surprised by the behavior of his agent, who should have calmed his anger,” he said, adding, “Removing the Napoli photo is worse than missing a penalty on the pitch.”
Marolda is also known to fans in Korea as an anti-journalist for Kim Min-jae (27, Bayern Munich). When Kim joined Napoli last summer, he was ostracized by local fans for his negative reviews.온라인카지노
Marolda claimed that Kim’s performances were not convincing him and criticized him for “losing too many duels with opposing strikers”. “He won the Scudetto with his teammates, but he still doesn’t convince me. But he still hasn’t convinced me,” he said.
On the other hand, Napoli released an official statement on the 29th, saying, “We clarify that we did not intend to mock Osimhen,” adding, “Expressive language is light on social media, especially on TikTok. It is often used in a playful way. In this case involving Osimen, there was no intention to mock.”
However, Napoli did not apologize to Osimhen, saying only that “if he was offended in any way, we want to let him know that this was not the club’s intention at all.”