Nigerian government intervene in Victor Osimhen's feud with Napoli

Nigerian government intervene in Victor Osimhen’s deteriorating relationship with Napoli as the nation’s sports minister insists they will not tolerate ‘injustice, discrimination, and unfair teasing’

  • The Nigerian government is attempting to contact Napoli star Victor Osimhen
  • Osimhen has been the subject of insulting social media videos by the club
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Nigeria’s government has become directly involved in Victor Osimhen’s ongoing feud with Napoli after their disgraceful social media antics.

The striker could be set to leave the club after he was subjected to ill-advised Tik Tok videos on Napoli’s official channel where he was mocked over a penalty in one post before being compared to a coconut in another – with critics insisting the second video had a racist motive behind it.

Napoli insist they ‘never wanted to mock’ Osimhen but stopped short of apologising for the incident. The striker had already deleted pictures of himself in Napoli shirts from his Instagram and refused to celebrate after scoring against Udinese on Wednesday.

Now, the Nigerian is being supported by his government after the African nation’s sports minister Senator John Ewan Enoh explained his office is trying to contract the player and offer support. 

In a statement published on Friday, the minister said: ‘Over the last weekend, the developments arriving from Naples regarding striker Victor Osimhen made me very sad. 

The Nigerian government is seeking to support Napoli star striker Victor Osimhen

Osimhen (left) is currently locked in a sour feud with the reigning Serie A champions

‘My office is working hard to reach Osimhen first-hand and understand what the problems are, to establish the facts clearly.

‘I am also in contact with the Foreign Minister and the Nigerian Ambassador to the Italian Republic. 

‘We are using diplomatic channels to explore the issue with Italy. Under this administration, we are committed to ensuring that our athletes are afforded the respect they deserve and that they are not exposed to injustice, discrimination, and unfair teasing that could be detrimental to their careers.’ 

Napoli posted videos on their TikTok which appeared to mock Osimhen for appealing for a penalty in Sunday’s goalless draw against Bologna and his subsequent miss from the spot 

A second video, allegedly from the club’s account, compared Osimhen to a ‘coconut’

Napoli manager Rudi Garcia has seen his relationship with the prolific goalscorer break down, but has still included him in Sunday’s matchday squad as he did midweek.

Osimhen is expected to start again as the reigning Italian top-flight champions take on Lecce before hosting Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old has so far refused to comment publicly on the situation but was reportedly unhappy with the club before the insulting Tik Tok videos aired.

He also considered to still be upset at the club for not apologising despite his efforts helping fire Napoli to a first Scudetto in 33-years last season.

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