Sunday November 4 2012
Moratti: 'Ref mistakes unjustifiable'

Massimo Moratti claims refereeing errors in favour of Juventus were “intentional” and “unjustifiable” despite Inter’s win.

The President stirred up controversy with his comments after last night’s 3-1 victory at the Juventus Stadium, in which Arturo Vidal’s goal was offside and Stephan Lichtsteiner should’ve received a second yellow.

“It was a wonderful game, albeit emblematic of the history of these two clubs,” Moratti told TeleLombardia.

“The result was down to the great work done by the squad and Andrea Stramaccioni. The lads believe in themselves, do well together and focus on unity. The sensation is this was one of the greatest games between these clubs.

“Continual mistakes from referees can happen, but we have to be very careful, because they cannot afford to make errors like that.

“The mistake on the offside goal was serious, but the second was intentional. All they had to do was pay attention to the tackle and it would’ve been a red card.

“I don’t make a personal matter out of it with the referee. Above all, it was the second mistake that was unjustifiable.”

Stramaccioni vented his irritation at Juve director Beppe Marotta for referring to his ‘carefree tactical approach,’ a comment that the Coach thought was sarcastic.

“Marotta is likeable and perhaps the real meaning of the word was worse than what he intended to convey,” added Moratti.

“In any case, Stramaccioni is doing well, much better than anyone expected. Today we woke up aware that we have a better side than we thought, but we must remember this is a long-term project and the youngsters need to gain experience.

“I was not surprised by the trident attack, knowing what Stramaccioni had been working on. I was confident things would go well.”

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