Sunday January 24 2021
Ref watch: Arslan should have seen red, clear Atalanta penalty

Italian sports paper claim Udinese midfielder Tolgay Arslan should have been sent off in the first half of Udinese-Inter, while the penalty kick awarded to Atalanta against Milan was ‘clear’.

Antonio Conte was furious with referee Fabio Maresca who showed him a red card at the end of the game.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Udinese midfielder Tolgay Arslan should have been sent off too.

The 30-year-old fouled Romelu Lukaku after 26 minutes and that would cost him his second yellow card as he had already picked up one 10 minutes earlier. No coincidence Luca Gotti subbed him off shortly after.

According to Tuttosport Maresca “Made a quiet game become tense” and Il Corriere dello Sport call the referee “Arrogant.”

He was rated 4.5/10 by La Gazzetta dello Sport, 4 by Tuttosport and 5 by Il Corriere dello Sport.

Milan-Atalanta’s match official Maurizio Mariani, put in a very good performance instead.

Each one of the three Italian sports papers report he was right to award Atalanta a penalty kick as Franck Kessié lashed out with an elbow on Josip Ilicic’s lip while trying to get a high ball.

Mariani is rated 6.5/10 by Il Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport and 7 by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Every paper highlights he always took the right decisions even without the help of VAR.