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Napoli fans have been left scratching their heads after the club’s official Twitter account posted a bizarre message to two of their Serie A rivals.
League leaders Inter Milan were held to a goalless draw by fourth-place Atalanta at the Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo on Sunday and after the match, Napoli’s Twitter account sent a congratulatory message to both teams on Twitter.
“The club would like to congratulate Atalanta and Inter on an entertaining and fairly contested game of football,” read the tweet.
The club would like to congratulate Atalanta and Inter on an entertaining and fairly contested game of football— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) January 16, 2022
Napoli are currently third in the table, seven points behind Inter and one ahead of Atalanta, and fans have speculated whether the message was intended to be sarcastic - with the draw benefiting Luciano Spalletti's side.
However, others believe the Naples club could be attempting to copy Venezia, who have sent congratulatory messages to their opponents after matches this season.
“I was well aware of Venezia doing it as I am on Twitter and have seen them. But this Napoli one is strange indeed,” wrote on fan on Football Italia.
Very weird tweet by a club.— Mike (@msmit423) January 16, 2022
Are you ok?— Mike (@Mike04FC) January 17, 2022
You need a new social media team there Napoli?— St. Nico (@StNick0719) January 16, 2022
Congratulate this ratio— Hasbulla (@tiornane) January 16, 2022
I would like to congratulate SSC Napoli for only taking 50 minutes to translate this nonsense tweet from italian to english— Luigi Corvino (@luigi_crv) January 16, 2022
“It’s actually a benefit to Napoli that there was a draw, so it could be an underhanded compliment,” added another.
It remains to be seen whether Napoli will continue to post similar messages to other teams as the season progresses.
They travel to face Bologna on Monday and can move to within four points of league leaders Inter with a victory at the Renato Dall'Ara Stadium.