Napoli striker Victor Osimhen seemed to aim his provocative celebration towards Verona fans who had been racially abusing him.
The bitter history between the sets of fans is absolutely no secret, nor is the Hellas Verona fanbase’s reputation for racist elements.
After scoring on the stroke of half-time to turn the game around from 1-0 to 1-2, Osimhen kicked the ball into the stands in anger at the Verona supporters who had been making monkey noises.
An AFP reporter at the game heard a section of the home support launch monkey chants at Osimhen, the latest episode of racist chanting at Verona who have a long history of far-right sympathies among their hardcore support.
After netting his first goal of the season, Nigeria striker Osimhen took off his protective face mask and mimicked crying into a pitch-side camera, suggesting he had heard abuse before his goal.
According to Sportitalia, that prompted even more abuse, so the Nigeria international mocked them by pretending to cry into the camera.