NAPLES, ITALY - AUGUST 27: Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli before the Serie A TIM match between SSC Napoli and US Sassuolo at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on August 27, 2023 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Ivan Romano/Getty Images)

Victor Osimhen plans to sue Napoli for racist TikTok content

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen finds himself at odds with his own club after they posted a peculiar video on TikTok that appeared to mock him. Osimhen’s agent, Roberto Calenda, has hinted at the possibility of legal action against the Serie A club, stating, “What happened on Napoli’s official TikTok profile is not acceptable.”

This incident follows Osimhen’s pivotal role in helping Napoli clinch their first league title in 30 years, where he contributed 31 goals across various competitions. Despite his remarkable performance, the now-deleted video, shared on Napoli’s official TikTok account, singled out the Nigerian player for unusual treatment.

Osimhen and his management are seeking an apology from the club and a clear disavowal of the controversial social media post. Calenda emphasized, “We reserve the right to take legal action and any necessary steps to protect Victor.”

In response to the controversy, Osimhen removed nearly all Napoli-related content from his Instagram profile and briefly unfollowed the club, later reversing that decision.

Napoli, meanwhile, has confirmed Osimhen’s inclusion in their squad for the upcoming Serie A match against Udinese, signaling that the situation remains fluid.

While some may view the outrage surrounding the video as an overreaction, it is crucial to consider the racial undertones that cannot be entirely dismissed, given Italy’s history of racial issues involving black players in Serie A. This context raises questions about the motivation behind the video and why it targeted the club’s star player rather than offering support and protection during a sensitive period.

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