Sunday January 5 2020
De Zerbi: 'Scandalous decisions'

Roberto De Zerbi accused the referee of being “surgical” in decisions that damaged Sassuolo, including a “scandalous” penalty for Genoa.

The Neroverdi were furious at several controversial incidents in the 2-1 defeat at Marassi, including both Genoa goals and a Filip Djuricic strike that was disallowed.

“If we analyse the game, then we could’ve done some things better, as when you take the ball into the opposition penalty area 70 times, you’ve got to finish the chances,” De Zerbi told Sky Sport Italia.

“On the other hand, the Genoa penalty is scandalous and there was a clear foul on Domenico Berardi in the build-up to the Goran Pandev goal.

“I am the first to ask my players not to protest with the referee, as it rarely makes any difference, but in this case the penalty was non-existent. There was no contact. It’s a scandalous decision and the game was transformed by two bad decisions on the goals.

“I don’t want to talk about the Djuricic disallowed goal, because the rules are changing so often I can’t keep up, but it seemed to me as if the referee was pretty surgical in his interventions.”

The main problem seemed to be that although both goals had dubious readings, the VAR booth did not urge Massimiliano Irrati to have an on-field review.

“Evidently Irrati was unlucky, because these are two incidents that someone like me who is in favour of VAR cannot explain,” continued De Zerbi.

“I want to know where the foul was they saw between Obiang and Sanabria. This is the first time I have ever come out like this with such comments and I am doing it because these images are so clear.”

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