Sunday January 5 2020
Sassuolo: 'Obvious refereeing errors'

Sassuolo director Giovanni Carnevali was furious with the refereeing after a 2-1 defeat to Genoa. “The images are very clear and do the talking for us.”

It was a very controversial victory for Genoa with several dubious incidents, including the penalty that appeared to be an Antonio Sanabria dive, Filip Djuricic’s goal disallowed for handball when replays suggest it hit his stomach and the late Goran Pandev winner with potential Domenico Criscito foul in the build-up.

“The players and the staff are very angry right now, so they didn’t feel like speaking to the media and I am here instead,” Carnevali told Sky Sport Italia.

“It was more than a good performance and we had numerous chances, so the result inevitably leaves regrets. I’d prefer not to talk about the refereeing, otherwise the conversation would take an ugly turn.

“There are situations that are damaging and that’s not right. We are a club who never wanted to discuss refereeing decisions in public and we don’t want to do that now. The images are very clear and we feel they do the talking for us.

“It was Sanabria who ran into Obiang, so it certainly was not a penalty. The same is true of the foul from Criscito on Domenico Berardi, which is just obvious.

“We’ve had good performances lately, including today, but are always on the verge of taking that extra step to finish off the games. The coach has to keep working the way he is, because the team plays good football, even with the difficulties of several injuries.

“Hopefully, we can in future play with a referee who is a little fairer to us.”

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