Saturday November 2 2019
Sabatini: 'Risible Inter penalty'

Bologna director Walter Sabatini accused Lautaro Martinez of diving to win the penalty for Inter’s 2-1 victory. “It was a risible decision.”

The Rossoblu had taken the lead through Roberto Soriano’s deflected strike, but Romelu Lukaku equalised from close range and won it for Inter in stoppages from the spot.

“Unfortunately, Bologna lost a game that we did not deserve to lose and we couldn’t lose,” Sabatini told Sky Sport Italia.

“We were not given a free kick for a foul on Rodrigo Palacio right on the edge of the box. We’d have seen out the game from that. Moments later, Inter got their penalty, which was risible. You can’t give a penalty for that.

“Lautaro Martinez is an excellent striker, but I see he is learning the old tricks of the trade already. He seeks the contact, Orsolini barely grazes him and he goes down. If we want to use non-technical language, it was divish.”

It was pointed out to Sabatini that Palacio didn’t protest when he went down for that incident.

“So we are to be punished for being polite and well-mannered? Palacio doesn’t go around making a big song and dance about things, but it’s an evident foul.

“I saw a great game with two teams who played well. I appreciate Antonio Conte, but how can he delegitimise our goal by calling it an own goal? It was a small deflection, but a great move building up to the shot on target.”

Former Roma and Inter director Sabatini, who has had serious health issues recently, finished with a joke.

“It’s harder than ever to get over this match now that I have stopped smoking. I could’ve smoked three already.”

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