Thursday November 22 2012
Donadoni calms referee storm

Parma boss Roberto Donadoni has defended referees from criticism. “They make mistakes like we do.”

Inter’s reaction to not being awarded a late penalty in the 2-2 draw with Cagliari last weekend started another refereeing storm on the peninsula.

However, speaking ahead of Monday’s game against the Nerazzurri, the former Italian international boss insists there is no great conspiracy.

“These controversies are part of the game, even if I don’t understand them and I prefer to stay out of them,” he noted.

“If only somebody put together a dossier of situations that went in their own favour…

“If someone thinks that referees are in bad faith then they should just say it, otherwise they need to stay within the spectre of an error.

“Referees can make mistakes just like a Coach can get his starting line-up wrong and a striker can miss a goal…

“If people continue to protest in the way that we have been seeing then that will only see an increase in tension.”

Inter were the form side in Serie A until they followed up their win at Juventus with a loss at Atalanta and a draw with Cagliari.

“We have to know how to comport ourselves against such an opponent. Of course the last games have their indicators, but every team has its own qualities and characteristics.

“It is thus fundamental to work on our own qualities. We know that we will face an opponent of great technical skill and physical quality.”