Thursday June 21 2018
Tonelli Sr: ‘Inter-Juventus an offence’

The father of Napoli defender Lorenzo Tonelli calls the refereeing in Inter’s defeat to Juventus - “an offence to the sport”.

The Bianconeri took a dramatic 3-2 win at San Siro on April 28, with Gonzalo Higuain’s last-minute header sealing the win.

Matias Vecino saw red in that game, while Miralem Pjanic should have been given a second yellow, and former Partenopei Coach Maurizio Sarri admitted they lost the Scudetto because of the psychological impact of the Juve comeback.

“Unfortunately a slightly bitter taste remains after how the refereeing went,” Pietro Tonelli said on Radio Crc.

“Incidents like those in Inter-Juventus just can’t happen. Juventus are the strongest and must be treated like all the others.

“It’s true they won the Scudetto, but let them with with their strength. Unfortunately Sarri is right when he says they lost it in the hotel, because it was a very heavy psychological blow.

“It’s not a matter of cheering for Napoli, even if they were playing the bottom team in Serie A those incidents would remain an offence to the sport.”

Pietro was also asked about his son’s future in Naples, as he’s made just seven Serie A appearances in two seasons.

“Lorenzo is really good now, I hope he can stay at Napoli and be a protagonist in all competitions. Naples is an extraordinary city, I hope they do some great work at the San Paolo.

“Sarri taught him a lot of things, and I hope [Carlo] Ancelotti can too.”

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