Tuesday March 2 2021
Napoli: 'Orsato's mistake cost us the title'

Referee Daniele Orsato admitted he should have sent off Miralem Pjanic during the Derby d’Italia in April 2018 and Napoli feel ‘the missed red card cost us the title’.

“Don’t talk about old episodes,” Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo replied during a press conference last night.

But the Napoli wound was opened by the match official’s interview with Rai Sport, where he admitted he made a mistake when Juventus beat Inter in a 3-2 thriller on April 28, 2018.

The bizarre Derby d’Italia had five goals, two comebacks and a red card after just 17 minutes for Matias Vecino, but among the more controversial decisions was Pjanic avoiding a second yellow card for clattering into Rafinha.

Napoli claim the missed second yellow card for the Bosnian midfielder was one of the causes of the famous championship ‘lost in the hotel’, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

“I already knew then that I had made a mistake about Pjanic,” Orsato said in the interview with Rai Sport.

The interview therefore opened another discussion and Pirlo said: “It’s good that referees talk, but they should talk about current episodes, not from three or four years ago.”

“Years later, I still don’t understand why I received the video of that episode, but not the audio,” the former Federal Prosecutor, Pecoraro, said.

“An important moment, a good start, the hospitality has been corrected and the messages have passed. We are not very good at communicating, we are better at refereeing,” said Alfredo Trentalange, the new President of AIA.