Italy’s Serie A president Gabriele Gravina has reacted to the red card issued to Nigerian Victor Osimhen in Napoli’s 2-0 win over Venexia last weekend.
The president said everyone involved in the incident: Osimhen, Venice midfielder Daan Heymans and referee Gianluca Aureliano were wrong.
Italian referee Aureliano received a direct red card from Osimhen on the first day of the game midway through the first half of the clash in the newly promoted squad.
Some pundits have suggested that Osimhen should have received a penalty when Heymans pulled on his shirt in a corner kick fight.
The referee denounced Osimhen’s case as violent behavior and the Nigeria international was sanctioned with a two-game suspension.
But Gravina is convinced that all three parties were wrong.
“Everyone is wrong, and Osimhen got it wrong first,” the 67-year-old coach told Corriere Dello Sport via Forzazzurri.
“So I don’t want to judge what our judges are doing right now; They are very attentive professionals. Let’s try not to poison the wells from day one; Let’s enjoy this championship. ”
Napoli have started legal proceedings to have the ban only reduced to the Genoa game so that Osimhen can play against Juventus on day three.