Saturday December 30 2017
Vrenna: 'Penalty snub scandalous'

Crotone director general Raffaele Vrenna said the decision not to award a penalty against Napoli was “scandalous” in their 1-0 defeat.

Last night, a Marek Hamsik goal proved the difference at the Stadio Scida.

However, on 65 minutes there was a controversial incident when a corner struck Dries Mertens on the arm. Although his arm was flush with his torso, he also seemed to lean and move the arm towards the ball.

“Unfortunately, at times I just don’t understand how VAR works,” Vrenna told Mediaset Premium.

“Seeing such a clear penalty not given is simply scandalous. There’s both the Mertens handball and the foul on Federico Ceccherini at the last minute.”

That stoppage-time Christian Maggio challenge was judged by both referee and VAR officials to be caused by Ceccherini changing direction and seeking contact.

“With VAR they can take all the time they need. At Bologna, we were awarded a penalty after almost four minutes. There was all the time needed to consider and make the right decision against Napoli too.

“I don’t want to pour fuel on the fire here, but what we are left with is a bitter taste in the mouth, because it could’ve gone differently.

“At least we are consoled by our strong overall performance.”

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