Agent Roberto Calenda defended Napoli forward Victor Osimhen ‘for a naïve mistake’ and stressed it’s not like he went to Ibiza for a party.
The Nigerian striker returned to his native country for the Christmas break and tested positive for COVID-19 upon his return to Naples.
He had taken part in a surprise birthday party without wearing a protective mask and Napoli have since fined him.
Osimhen apologised to the club and their fans and agent Calenda has defended the young attacker.
“He should not be accused of a family party. He was naïve, but you also need to know the context to get a complete picture of the issue,” he said to Il Mattino as cited by Football Italia.
“We are talking about a 22-year-old boy who has been through a difficult period in recent months.
“He was alone for a long time; he lost his father and things got even worse with the injury. He hadn’t seen his family for months and when he got home, they threw him a surprise party for his birthday.
“It’s OK to judge the mistake, but please don’t consider it as if he went to Ibiza to the disco. Having said that, he made a mistake and apologised to everyone.”