With goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Elif Elmas, Napoli opened up their Serie A season with a precious home victory over Venezia. However, their Nigerian forward stole the headlines when he was shown a red card for punching in the 23rd-minute.
when a 23rd-minute corner was about to come in and
was irritated with the close man-marking from Heymans.
Hence, shove his defender away, but in so doing he turned and caught Heymans on the throat with a fist. Being considered to be a punch, the referee opted for a straight red card.
However, a 62nd-minute penalty from
and another goal from
all the three points intheir opening Serie A match against Venezia
It meansOsimhen will miss Napoli’s Serie A clash against Genoa
next week, but it may well be a longer ban.
Osimhen has contributed 10 goals and three assists in his debut season with the Partenopei aftersigning from Lille for a €54m fee in 2020
, making 30 competitive appearances for the club last season.
However, he has shown a series of attitude problems during his stay with Napoli. It is the second time that Osimhen has been sent off in the Napoli jersey, after a second bookable offense in the Europa League win away to Real Sociedad in October 2020.
stole the headlines when he threw a birthday party in Nigeria and got COVID-19.
said of the 22-year-oldin a press conference
“When I made a mistake, Marcello Lippi used to say he’d let me stew in my own juices for a while, to recognize what I’d done. 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.”
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