Osimhen banned for two games, fined 5,000 euros


Napoli will be without Victor Osimhen for the huge clash against Juventus.

The Nigerian striker has been handed a two-game suspension, after he was shown a straight red card on Sunday.

Osimhen was sent off in Napoli’s opening Serie A match of the season against Venezia.

He was given his marching orders in the 23rd minute, for shoving Daan Heymans as a corner was played into the box.

Napoli had hoped that the striker would only miss the clash against Genoa this weekend as they believed it was not violent conduct.

However, Serie A disciplinary’s committee see the challenge which led to his dismissal as violent conduct and has subsequently banned him for two games.

It’s a disappointing outcome for the Nigerian as he’s the only player of all the seven players that saw red in the opening weekend to have his ban extended by one game.

In addition, Osimhen was also fined 5000 euros. The two-match ban means Osimhen will miss the clash against Genoa this week, but more importantly, the huge clash against Juventus after the international break next month.

However, according to Di Marzio, Napoli still plan to appeal, hoping they can reduce the ban to just one game. But should they fail in their appeal, it means Osimhen will miss both Serie A games against Juventus this season as he won’t be available for the second leg which is scheduled for January, due to Nigeria’s involvement in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

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