Thursday February 25 2021
Italian clubs complain about refereeing mistakes in the Champions League

Lazio, Juventus and Atalanta were all disappointed about decisive refereeing decisions going against their teams in the first legs of the last 16 in the Champions League.

Juventus lost 2-1 to FC Porto in Portugal, while Bayern Munich left Rome with a 4-1 win over Lazio in the first leg.

Last night, Atalanta lost 1-0 to Real Madrid and completed the Italians miserable start to the knockout stages of the competition.

But they all had something in common after the first legs, as all three coaches were left to rue refereeing decision in the post-match interviews.

“Even the decisions didn’t go well,” Inzaghi said after the Bayern match. “Probably on 1-0, there was also a penalty in our favour, but this defeat will serve us even more in our growth path and to understand that we aren’t ready for certain games yet.”

Andrea Pirlo was not happy with the referee not awarding a penalty to Cristiano Ronaldo in stoppages at the Estadio Do Dragao.

“It seemed to me that it was a clear penalty,” Pirlo said after the 2-1 defeat. “The referee gave us an explanation, saying that the match was over and therefore he didn’t even want to go to see it.

“A strange thing, because when there’s an opportunity that can change the game, you should go to have a look and have the courage to give the penalty, even if it’s in the last second.”

Gasperini continued the rant at the referees last night, as Remo Freuler was sent off against Real Madrid.

“The game was ruined,” he said. “Last season, after absolute chaos, the handball rule was sorted out.

“Now we have the temptation to remove any form of contact in football and that’s suicide for the sport.”