Sunday March 30 2014
Di Francesco: 'Rizzoli lacked courage'

Eusebio Di Francesco said referee Nicola Rizzoli “lacked courage” after revoking a Sassuolo penalty.

The incident occurred in the first half of a 2-0 home defeat to Roma, when he at first awarded a spot-kick on advice from his goal-line assistant, then changed his mind.

“Rizzoli didn’t have the courage to take on the responsibility of awarding a valid penalty,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“These are incidents that can change the course of a season. I will not accept losing in this manner. Each person in football has to take their share of the responsibility.

“As for the game itself, it was a good overall performance, though we have to cut out these individual errors.

“We played on a par with Roma, a side who have triple our points in the table. We were good, but naive.”

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