The Nigeria international will certainly miss I Partenopei’s league clash at Genoa on Sunday and could be unavailable for the Juventus tie after the international break
President of the Italian Serie A Gabriele Gravina has refused to absolve Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Venezia midfielder Daan Heymans and referee Gianluca Aureliano of any wrongdoing regarding the red-card incidence involving the trio last weekend.
On matchday one of the new season, Italian referee Aureliano showed no mercy as he flashed Osimhen a straight red card midway through the first half of Napoli’s clash at the newly-promoted side.
Since then, the debate has raged on in Italy, with a school of thought suggesting Osimhen should have been awarded a penalty as Heymans tugged his shirt while Matteo Politano prepared to take a corner kick for Napoli.
However, the referee missed that incident but saw the Super Eagles striker’s flailing arm catch his opponent’s face and refused to warn the Nigerian with a yellow card.
Aureliano then wrote of the youngster’s violent conduct in his report, which formed the basis on which Osimhen was slammed with a two-match suspension.
Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti quickly stated that the referee was correct with the decision while tongue-lashing Osimhen.
But Serie A President Gravina is convinced that all the three parties involved were wrong, with Osimhen bearing the most brunt because he retaliated. The top football administrator, however, wants everyone to move on from the ugly incident.
“Everyone is wrong, and Osimhen has been wrong first,” the 67-year-old told Corriere Dello Sport via Forzazzurri.
“So I don’t want to judge what our judges are doing right now; they are very careful professionals. Let’s try not to poison the wells from the first day; let’s enjoy this championship.”
Napoli have kicked off legal processes to have the ban reduced to just the Genoa game so that Osimhen could feature against Juventus on matchday three.