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Monday January 11 2021
Ref watch: Inter deserved a penalty

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter should have been awarded a penalty for a Roger Ibanez foul on Lautaro Martinez in the second half of Roma-Inter, while Pedro Obiang’s red card in Juve-Sassuolo was correct.

The former West Ham midfielder was sent off after an on-field VAR review in the first half of Juventus-Sassuolo for a reckless tackle on Federico Chiesa.
According to each one of the three Italian sports papers, the decision of Davide Massa was correct.

The on-pitch the referee had shown Obiang a yellow card before the VAR review took place. Obiang apologised to Chiesa on social media after the game.

Juventus could have been given a penalty kick in the second half as Andrea Consigli stopped Cristiano Ronaldo’s run inside the Neroverdi’s penalty area. Gazzetta, Tuttosport and Corriere dello Sport claim the decision to not award the penalty kick was doubtful.

The Italian papers also analysed the refereeing decisions in Roma-Inter. La Gazzetta dello Sport highlights the Nerazzurri deserved a penalty in the second half for a Roger Ibanez foul on Lautaro Martinez.

Il Corriere dello Sport, however, points out the referee Marco Di Bello used the same judgement for an Achraf Hakimi tackle on Henrikh Mkhitaryan inside Inter’s box.

Inter protested for a presumed Jordan Veretout foul on Nicolò Barella before Roma’s opener, but the French midfielder stole the ball from the Italy international’s feet without committing an infraction.

Gazzetta, Tuttosport and Corriere dello Sport also report Romelu Lukaku should not have been booked for a foul on Chris Smalling. The former Manchester United striker touched the ball before colliding with his opponent.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli were deservedly given a penalty against Udinese after a VAR check while it was fair to withdraw a penalty for Fiorentina against Cagliari as Dusan Vlahovic was not fouled by Christian Oliva, but it was the Tuscans’ striker who kicked his opponent’s foot instead.