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.
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.
“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.