Italian Television (TV) Host, Marika Fruscio has issued an apology to Nigerians through a social media post on Wednesday, stating regret for her previous comments concerning Nigerian-born footballer Victor Osimhen.
Recall that Osimhen had taken down posts related to Napoli after the club shared a now-deleted TikTok video poking fun at his missed penalty kick against Bologna on Sunday.
Soon after, Osimhen’s agent, Roberto Calenda, released a statement highlighting the Super Eagles striker’s dissatisfaction with the video and suggesting potential legal action.
In response to Osimhen’s actions, Fruscio 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.”
A few hours after Nigerians criticized her post, the journalist made another post stressing that she never intended 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.”