In an unprecedented turn of events in the world of football, Victor Osimhen, the Nigerian striker of Serie A club Napoli, is considering legal action against his own team following a controversial video posted on Napoli's official TikTok profile.
The incident has further exacerbated the already strained relationship between the player and the club.
The explosive situation unfolded when Napoli's TikTok account shared a video mocking Osimhen.
The now-deleted clip featured a sped-up voiceover of Osimhen appealing for a penalty, only to hilariously miss the spot-kick in the video.
This seemingly light-hearted social media post has thrown Osimhen and Napoli into a legal standoff.
Osimhen and his agent consider legal action against Napoli
Osimhen's agent, whose statement sent shockwaves through the footballing world, stated,
“What happened today on Napoli's official profile on the TikTok platform is not acceptable. A video mocking Victor was first made public and then, but now belatedly, deleted.”
“A serious fact that causes very serious damage to the player and adds to the treatment that the boy is suffering in the last period between media trials and fake news.”
“We reserve the right to take legal action and any useful initiative to protect Victor.”
This unprecedented move by a player and his agent to consider legal action against their own club over a social media post highlights the gravity of the situation.
It underlines the increasing power and influence that social media platforms have on players' careers and their relationship with their clubs.
Tensions between Osimhen and Napoli have been mounting for some time.
The striker was recently caught on camera berating coach Rudi Garcia after being substituted during Napoli's 0-0 Serie A draw against Bologna.
Adding to the complexity of the situation is the fact that Osimhen has not yet signed a new contract with Napoli, and his current deal extends until June 2025.
Negotiations regarding his future at the club have been ongoing for months, and this latest episode could have far-reaching consequences for both parties.
As fans and football enthusiasts watch this drama unfold, it remains to be seen whether Osimhen will indeed pursue legal action against Napoli or if a resolution can be reached to mend the fractured relationship between the player and the club.
One thing is certain: this extraordinary episode has sent shockwaves through the footballing world, and Nigeria, in particular, is abuzz with disappointment and discontent.
Victor Osimhen's fans, both in Italy and back in his home country, are clearly not happy about the situation.
Many have taken to social media to express their frustration and outrage, with some even leveling accusations of racism against the club.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago