Friday May 17 2019
Atalanta slam Coppa 'scandal'

Atalanta have slammed the ‘scandalous’ decision not to award them a penalty during their Coppa Italia Final loss to Lazio.

Atalanta were beaten 2-0 on Wednesday evening, leaving President Antonio Percassi to rue the lack of even a VAR review for Bastos’ first-half handball after he appeared to close down a Marten de Roon shot with his arm.

“It was a scandal, which caused us serious harm,” Percassi told Sky Sport Italia.

“it was a penalty and a red card, and it would’ve changed the game. There’s no doubt for us. We’ve seen and reviewed the images.”

Despite the defeat, there was the consolation of 22,000 Dea fans flocking to the Olimpico.

“They were fantastic, 22,000 arrived at the Olimpico to support us, something I’d never seen before.”

Referees chief Marcello Nicchi then had his say on the controversy.

“I don’t have to feed the controversy. There was an incident that everyone saw after the game because no-one saw it at the stadium.

“Now the designator will evaluate it and decide if it could’ve been judged differently or not.”

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