- Osimhen was infuriated after he was mocked in a TikTok video by the Partenopei following his penalty miss in the club’s 0-0 draw at Bologna
- Osimhen took down all the images of himself in a Napoli jersey from his social media pages and celebrated scoring goals in muted terms over the week
Napoli forward Victor Osimhen released a statement on Sunday following the TikTok video controversy with the club.
Osimhen was infuriated after he was mocked in a TikTok video by the Partenopei following his penalty miss in the club’s 0-0 draw at Bologna.
The Nigeria international’s agent Roberto Calenda threatened to take legal action against the Serie A champions.
The striker also took down all the images of himself in a Napoli jersey from his social media pages and celebrated scoring goals in muted terms over the last week.
A statement from Napoli stopped short of an apology, only assuring any offence was not intentional, while the social media manager stepped down today, only for it to be confirmed this decision was made weeks ago and was not in any way related to the Osimhen situation.
The 24-year-old has now broken his silence on the saga.
“Coming to the City of Naples in 2020 was a wonderful decision for me. The People of Naples have shown me so much love and kindness, and I will not allow anyone to come between us,” reads the statement.
“The passion of the People of Naples fuels my fire to always play with my heart and soul, and the love for the badge is unwavering as I wear it with pride.
“The accusation against the People of Naples are untrue. I have a lot of friends that are Napolitans and have become part of my family and everyday life.
“I appreciate Nigerians and everyone for lending their voices to support and reach out to me. Thanks so much, I’m forever grateful.
“Let’s continue to spread unity, respect and understanding.
“FORZA NAPOLI SEMPRE.”
Osimhen played a key role in Napoli’s Scudetto success last season, their first in 33 years.
The former Lille scored 26 goals in 32 league appearances.
He has registered five goals in seven league outings this term .