‘It’s not as if he went to Ibiza’: Star diagnosed with Covid after traveling to Nigeria for own party gets bizarre defense (VIDEO)
Record signing Osimhen caused fury at the Serie A club after footage emerged of his antics in Lagos, where he was filmed celebrating his birthday without any social distancing or use of protective equipment.
After testing positive for Covid-19 following his return to Italy, the 22-year-old said he "didn't understand the severity" of his actions and was condemned by the Europa League contenders.
"I am so sorry for what happened," rising star Osimhen said on Instagram, apologizing after following in the footsteps of several Premier League players, including three Tottenham stars, who have become embroiled in scandals by flouting guidelines over Christmas and New Year.
Un video di due giorni fa mostra Victor #Osimhen festeggiare il suo compleanno insieme ad amici e parenti. Nessuno indossa la mascherina o rispetta il distanziamento: oggi l’attaccante del #Napoli è positivo al #COVID19pic.twitter.com/6nGx2VfAFq— Simone Guadagno (@SimoneGuadagnoo) January 1, 2021
“The club can confirm that Victor Osimhen has tested positive for COVID-19 following his return to Italy. Osimhen is currently asymptomatic and has not come into contact with the rest of the squad.” [@sscnapoli@en_sscnapoli]— Napoli Club Toronto (@Napoli_Toronto) January 1, 2021
Idiot. He brought this on his own and on his team mates. Facncy going to a party innthe first place and then don’t follow the basic rules. Idiot.— Rob van Grondelle (@RobGrondelle) January 2, 2021
"I was wrong to go to Nigeria in this moment, even if I have many loved ones over there, including my brothers. I was wrong to take part in the party."
The Nigeria international's agent, Roberto Calenda, opted to argue that his client's conduct would have been worse had he frequented a club on the Mediterranean party isle of Ibiza.
"He was naive but you also need to know the context to get a complete picture of the issue," his representative told Il Mattino.
"He was alone for a long time; he lost his father and things got even worse with the [dislocated shoulder] injury.
"He hadn't seen his family for months and when he got home, they threw him a surprise party for his birthday.Also on rt.com Man City star Mendy becomes latest ‘Covidiot’ footballer to flout rules with New Year party as club promises ‘investigation’
"It's OK to judge the mistake, but please don't consider it as if he went to Ibiza to the disco. Having said that, he made a mistake and apologized to everyone."
Osimhen scored twice in his first six appearances for Napoli but has missed their last ten matches and will not have played for at least two months by the time he is in contention to return to first-team action.
“When I made a mistake, [Italy World Cup winner] Marcello Lippi used to say he’d let me stew in my own juices for a while, to recognize what I’d done," Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.
"That’s what Osimhen has to do now. He has already apologized. 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.”Also on rt.com Mourinho ‘disappointed’ after giving Spurs ace Reguilon piglet to eat at Christmas – only to find he flouted Covid rules for party