April 18, 2021

Osimhen’ll pay for his actions —Gattuso

January 4, 2021
Victor Osimhen

Napoli boss, Gennaro Gattuso says Victor Osimhen made huge mistakes by attending a surprise birthday party organized for him in Nigeria without observing the club’s COVID-19 guideline.

Osimhen tested positive for Coronavirus few days after returning to Naples, and the young striker has come under fire after a video of him attending a birthday party in Lagos circulated the internet.

The club’s record signing was spotted dancing in midst of people, while failing to observe the necessary COVID-19 safety protocol.

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Speaking after Napoli’s win over Cagliari on Sunday, Gattuso said he gave Osimhen permission to visit Nigeria, but was embarrassed by the player’s actions.

Gattuso also confirmed the 22-year-old will face sanctions by the club for his action.

“When I made a mistake, Marcello Lippi used to say he’d let me stew in my own juices for a while, to recognise what I’d done. That’s what Osimhen has to do now.”

“He has already apologised, he’s a lad who gives his all when working. He made a silly mistake, he knows that.

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“I am a coach, I don’t decide fines, especially as I was the one who gave the all-clear for him to return to Nigeria and so both of us were left embarrassed by what happened.

“He made a mistake and he will pay what he needs to pay,” He told Sky Italia.

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