Saturday December 17 2011
Colantuono rages at referee

Atalanta Coach Stefano Colantuono was livid with the referee in Florence. “That wasn’t football. It was volleyball.”

The Orobici had just turned around the game to lead 2-1 when Fiorentina equalised with Stevan Jovetic, though there are suspicions Lorenzo De Silvestri handled the cross.

“That wasn’t football. It was volleyball,” blasted Colantuono. “At this point we no longer have to be diplomatic and search for justification. How could the referee not see such a clear incident?

“The handball sets up Jovetic and we have conceded another late goal to drop important points.

“We are happy with the performance and the compliments for our football, but for us three points are decisive. We had prepared so well for this match.

“In the first half we also deserved a penalty, as Thomas Manfredini was pushed at the moment he went to head the ball.

“I can allow the referee that mistake, as there is a lot of confusion in the penalty area and the situation can escape his view, but the incident for the equaliser was a clear incident.”

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