Thursday May 3 2018
Moratti: 'Inter-Juve return to the past'

Massimo Moratti felt the controversy in Inter’s loss to Juventus “felt like a return to the past. There are many things that don’t add up.”

The debate continues to rage over refereeing decisions in the 3-2 Juve victory, above all the Matias Vecino straight red and failure to give Miralem Pjanic a second yellow card.

“For many Interisti, it was like a return to the past and you suddenly feel you are back there in the middle of what you experienced before,” said the former President at a public event.

“We’ve been the victims of strange situations. Games like the one we had on Saturday make us feel even more committed to supporting Inter.

“It was heroic to stay in the game for that long until the 85th minute and we could’ve done it for another five.”

Vecino was sent off using VAR technology, but the consistency of the refereeing remains an issue.

“I think VAR is very important, because it takes away all doubt. It was absolutely right to introduce it in Serie A, as we saw in the recent Champions League games that missing VAR really takes something away from you.

“Having said all of that, behind the VAR screen is still a person and therefore someone who might not necessarily see things the same way as another official.

“To be honest, I felt a lot of anxiety watching the game, because the Pjanic foul was part of the warfare we saw on the pitch and it felt like every moment was going to bring a new incident.

“Then he made another foul on Cancelo. There are many things that don’t add up.”

Moratti was asked if this was part of an on-going thread of Inter protests from the Mark Iuliano challenge on Ronaldo in 1998, which later became an emblem of the Calciopoli scandal that saw two Juve titles revoked in 2006.

“I wouldn’t compare that with what happened on Saturday. I can say that I saw the footage again recently from 1998 and I still don’t understand how Ceccarini could say it was Ronaldo’s foul.”

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