Italian journalist Marika Fruscio has pleaded with Nigerian fans for forgiveness after her social media post criticizing Victor Osimhen.
The Super Eagles striker had deleted Napoli-related posts following a now-deleted TikTok video shared by the club mocking his failed penalty kick against Bologna on Sunday.
Reacting to Osimhen’s actions, she said, “You’re a champion, but it takes humility. What’s the use of deleting the photos of the team that worshipped and supported you?
“What’s the point of flirting like this?? Even legal action for a sarcastic video? An intelligent man would have laughed at it.
“Be the professional. Head down and work. It’s our fault anyway that we make these players almost gods. Just the shirt, just the shirt.”
Not long after her post, her social media page was flooded with Nigerians slamming the journalist for her statement about Osimhen, prompting the Italian journalist to release another Instagram post saying she did not mean to be offensive.
“Dear beloved people of Nigeria, I am a showgirl who also works in a TV program related to football.
“In my comment and post, I did in reference to the Nigerian football player Victor Osimhen. I didn’t want to be offensive, but it was my only point of view and had to be understood as a personal suggestion.
“I love Africa, and I have always appreciated their talents and the beautiful values in terms of friendship and positivity they have.
“Now days are so full of bad news, so let’s spread love and peace. Hugs to you all,” Fruscio wrote on Thursday.