An investigation has been launched into Pescara defender Christian Terlizzi’s claim referee Carmine Russo “said he’d send me off at the first chance.”
Terlizzi was indeed red carded just 28 minutes into the 3-0 defeat to Torino  and received a three-match ban for insults aimed at the officials.
However, he insists the whole incident was ‘premeditated’ with a remarkable suggestion.
“Before the match with Torino, he said he’d send me off at the first chance,” said Terlizzi in a Press conference.
“And that is precisely what happened. There was a penalty, I accept that, but there was no need for the referee to pull out the red card.
“Everyone talks about helping the referees, but if these things happen then it all becomes more complicated.
“Players often insult the officials without receiving any sanctions. They pick and choose who they punish.”
Terlizzi believes the animosity with Russo stretches back to a Varese-Sampdoria Serie B game last season.
The FIGC has launched an investigation both into Terlizzi and referee Russo.