Sunday October 2 2011
Moratti: 'Ref not up to the job'

Inter President Massimo Moratti blasted referee Gianluca Rocchi. “He's not up to the job. I hope I never lay eyes on him again.”

The official made a series of poor decisions during the 3-0 home defeat to Napoli on Saturday night, most notably an incorrect booking for Joel Obi (who was later sent off) and a penalty for a foul outside the box.

“This referee Rocchi is not up to the job. It's infuriating and I hope something changes,” snapped Moratti.

“He is inadequate. This game was stupidly, and I mean very stupidly, ruined by the referee. You can't really talk about anything else in this match. I hope that I never have to lay eyes on this character again.”

It's not the first time Rocchi has had a problem with Inter, as Jose Mourinho famously said he “was trying to make us lose” after Wesley Sneijder and Lucio saw red against Milan.

Obi is now the seventh Nerazzurri player sent off in 16 of their games officiated by Rocchi.

“The players certainly did not disappoint me, as they played well and gave me the certainty we'll see a great Inter this season,” continued Moratti.

“What did disappoint me was Rocchi's refereeing, which was so bad that he even got pig-headed in sticking by this attitude for the whole 90 minutes.

“Just think, he didn't even have the courage to send off Claudio Ranieri when he was on the field, but rather sent an emissary to tell him at half-time.

“A character like this does huge damage to the club. He was just awful. I hope something changes.”

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