Saturday December 22 2012
Zeman: 'Roma irritate establishment'

Zdenek Zeman blasted referees and the big clubs ahead of tonight’s Roma-Milan, claiming “we should have an extra 15 points, but we are an irritant for the establishment.”

The fiery Coach has always been known for his direct criticism of officials and anticipated many of the Calciopoli themes, but has clearly lost none of his disdain for authority.

“It’s not me who is an irritant for the establishment, it’s Roma,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The club is not included in the group that counts for political weight. In order to get into the top teams, we have to work better than the others on the field and earn power.

“The referees can whistle two or three big decisions against you, but if you score five goals...”

The outburst came days after Zeman refused to speak to the media in the wake of a 1-0 defeat to Chievo, as he didn’t want to stir up controversy.

“The FIGC has to decide whether the championship is regular. If it continues like this then it is. I think the refereeing designators watch the games and make their decisions.

“Roma have not had what they could’ve done. I would’ve been happier with the 15 points we lost along the way, though some of it was also our own fault.”