Monday April 30 2018
‘Inter-Juve officiating unacceptable’

Inter CEO Alessandro Antonello has branded the officiating during his club’s 3-2 defeat to Juventus on Saturday ‘unacceptable’.

Referee Daniele Orsato came under fire for his decisions to send off Inter midfielder Matias Vecino early on and not show Miralem Pjanic a second yellow card, with Juve going on to overturn their 2-1 deficit.

And in an explosive interview with Inter TV on Monday, Alessandro Antonello did not hold back, suggestively claiming ‘everyone can see what happened’ between Max Allegri and fourth official Paolo Tagliavento.

“Is the anger out of our system? Definitely not,” he began.      

“The boss had asked the team to be really ferocious out there and that’s what we did. Some unacceptable things happened and we’re furious. The club deserves respect and so do our fans.

“There won’t be any loss of focus. The lads showed what they can do on the pitch. They’re all great professionals and we’re expecting a quick reaction. Our objective hasn’t changed and we’ll show that on Sunday against Udinese.

“I want to make it clear that both myself and the entire management team have been right behind the team all season. 

“Perhaps some people want to create a different narrative, but I can guarantee that we’re all united and focused on achieving our season objective of a place in next year’s Champions League.

“We’ve lost the battle and I think you can probably say it wasn’t our fault alone. But we want to win the war, for ourselves and for our fans.

“We’re proud of the performance the lads put in. They put their heart and soul into the game despite being down to ten men. Our fans were absolutely exceptional too – they cheered us on from start to finish.

“Allegri and Tagliavento? Everybody can see what happened. It was seen by 80,000 people at the stadium and by 700 million people across 170 countries around the world.

“It definitely didn’t showcase the best of Italian football. In fact, I’d say it’s shown our game in a very bad light.

“We decided to wait until today to comment because we didn’t want to speak in the heat of the moment and risk being influenced by all the emotions flying about.

“We’ve watched all of the incidents back and we cannot explain why two sets of weights and measures were used in the same game.

“Lots of things are changing in football, but it seems like some things always stay the same. Having said that, we’re proud of the history we have at this club.”

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