Monday December 12 2011
Di Carlo: ‘It was a penalty’

Mimmo Di Carlo has defended Sergio Pellissier after he was booked at the weekend for simulation and raged at the referee’s failure to award a penalty.

Di Carlo was speaking after watching his Chievo side fall to a 2-1 defeat away to Udinese and took exception to the match officiating that in the first half saw striker Pellissier go to ground in the penalty area after the attentions of Mehdi Benatia.

Replays suggested that there was contact between the players, but referee Paolo Valeri waved away the Mussi Volanti’s protests and booked the veteran forward for diving.

“It was a penalty. It is useless to ignore so. It was an incident that could have changed the game.

“And if the denied penalty was annoying, the yellow card to the player was really unfair because Sergio is not one for throwing himself down or theatrics, it isn’t him, he doesn’t do that.

“If we had been given that penalty, I repeat, it could have changed everything.”

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