Monday January 21 2013
Ranocchia disputes Roma penalty

Andrea Ranocchia has criticised the decision to award Roma a penalty in the 1-1 draw with his Inter side last night.

The referee pointed to the spot after the Italian international clashed with Michael Bradley in the box. Francesco Totti netted the resulting spot-kick.

“The only contact I felt was a knee [Bradley’s] to my head,” the former Arezzo and Bari stopper told Inter Channel.

“I didn’t think it was a penalty. The referee said I touched him, but he caught me on the head more than anything else!”

Roma created numerous chances in the first half before Inter equalised on the stroke of half-time through Rodrigo Palacio.

“It’s always difficult to play here, especially against a team like that,” Ranocchia, who was fielded on the right of Inter’s three-man defence, continued. “But we held up well and a draw is a fair result.

“They found more space out wide in the first half. Then we made changes and they weren’t so dangerous anymore. It was a great reaction on our part.”