Monday June 29 2020
Ranieri: 'A draw would've been fair'

Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri was fuming as he pointed out several controversial refereeing decisions during the 2-1 defeat to Bologna on Sunday: “The rules change constantly.”

The Blucerchiati are fighting to survive in Serie A and were desperate to pick up points against Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men.

Musa Barrow scored the opener from the penalty spot for the guests but Ranieri was not happy with the decisions of the match official, after suffering their third consecutive 2-1 loss.

“I would say that I’ve seen things that you humans saw very well,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I would like to review the penalty in favour of Bologna, which, according to my player, shouldn’t have been given.

“Then he didn’t give that one after the offside of [Omar] Colley. The rules change constantly. And then there was a punch in the area to [Antonino] La Gumina.

“What about [Gary] Medel’s contact with [Lorenzo] Tonelli leading up to the goal? It was a game where a tie would have been the fairest result.”

Ranieri now prepares for a six-pointer against Lecce on Wednesday, as one point separates them from the Giallorossi, who are currently in the relegation zone.

“In the next two games, it’s important to play as we are doing. On Wednesday, we have a direct clash with Lecce,” Ranieri added. “There are those who have five days to recover and then there are those like us.

“Today, [Fabio] Quagliarella had another scan, he’s at 98 per cent and should resume training tomorrow."

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