The agent of Napoli star Victor Osimhen has hit out at the club for posting a video on their official TikTok account that made fun of the striker’s penalty miss against Bologna on Sunday. Roberto Calenda said the video was unacceptable and caused very serious damage to his client, who has been the subject of media criticism and transfer speculation in recent weeks.
The video, which has since been deleted, showed Osimhen’s failed spot-kick with a high-pitched voice saying “gimme penalty, please” dubbed over the top. The clip was widely shared and condemned by fans and pundits, who accused Napoli of disrespecting their own player.
Calenda took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to express his outrage and threaten legal action against the club. He wrote: “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, belatedly, deleted. This is 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.”
Osimhen, who joined Napoli from Lille for a club-record 81.3 million euros in 2020, has been one of the best strikers in Serie A, scoring 31 goals in 38 appearances last season and helping the club win their first league title in 33 years. He has also scored three goals in six games this season, but has been linked with a move away from Naples, with Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly interested in him.
The 24-year-old Nigerian international also had a tense exchange with Napoli manager Rudi Garcia when he was substituted in the 86th minute of the goalless draw against Bologna. Osimhen was seen questioning Garcia’s decision and gesturing with his hands, while the coach responded with a shrug.
Napoli have not issued any official statement or apology for the video, which has added to the uncertainty surrounding Osimhen’s future at the club. The striker is under contract until 2025, but his agent has hinted that he could leave if he is not treated with respect and dignity.