Friday August 17 2012
Hamsik: 'Napoli were penalised'

Marek Hamsik has broken his silence on Napoli’s controversial Italian Super Cup loss to Juventus. “Everyone saw we were penalised. I was so angry.”

The Partenopei had twice been in front and the game ended 2-2 after 90 minutes, but Juve eventually won 4-2 in extra time after Goran Pandev, Juan Camilo Zuniga and Coach Walter Mazzarri were sent off.

In protest at the refereeing decisions, Napoli boycotted the presentation of the trophy in Beijing.

“There are regrets at not winning the trophy, as it was one of our objectives for the season,” Hamsik told Radio Marte.

“At least we can be happy with a good performance. Were we penalised? Everyone saw it. I was so angry when Pandev and Zuniga were sent off. We were two men down in a tense Final.”

There will also be repercussions for Serie A, as Pandev and Andrea Dossena received two-match bans with Zuniga and Mazzarri suspended for the opening round.

“There are other players who are ready and this is football. It’s a shame we don’t have them with us, but we must look forward and think about what’s on the field,” continued Hamsik.

“We have proved in the last two and a half years that we can challenge anyone. We’ve got to be concentrated for the whole campaign and do much better against the small clubs.

“I don’t want to talk about the Scudetto. We’ve been together for many years, the squad is fired up and those who just arrived can lend a hand. We can go far this season.”

The Slovak midfielder has been linked with a transfer away, but pledged his future to the San Paolo.

“This is my home and I am not thinking about anything else. I want to do well with this jersey and the fans deserve it too.”