Sunday March 18 2012
Udinese blast 'pathetic' ref

Udinese President Giampaolo Pozzo blasted the “pathetic” referee for ruining their 2-2 draw with Napoli.

The Friulani were 2-0 up when Diego Fabbrini received a soft second yellow card, then there were complaints about Napoli’s free kick to make it 2-1.

“The referee was pathetic and completely unsuited to the game,” slammed Pozzo on Sky Sport Italia, referring to Gianluca Rocchi.

“Last Sunday he didn’t see a goal, but this time he was in disastrous condition. I hope that now those in charge of assigning officials can give him a bit of a rest.

“In my 26 years in football there have been many errors, but it’s not likely I will forget this match. You could see from the first yellow card that Rocchi was out of shape.

“The sending off made me angry. The handling offence for the penalty did not prove to be decisive, but there was a series of incidents that irritated me. The referee made a crucial difference.

“The problem was not just Fabbrini’s second yellow card, but a whole series of situations after we went 2-0 up.”