Monday February 6 2012
Sannino: Bring forward Napoli tie

Giuseppe Sannino admits it would be best to bring forward the kick-off time for Tuesday evening’s Coppa Italia semi-final between Siena and Napoli.

The Italian Cup first leg meeting between the two teams at the Robur’s Stadio Artemio Franchi is due to kick off at 8.45pm Italian time.

However, with the weather still threatening low temperatures and ice, authorities are reportedly considering bringing forward the match to a 3pm or 6pm start, something that Siena Coach Sannino is happy to go along with.

“To bring it forward would be a good thing for the safety of the players, who are the main protagonists,” reflected Sannino on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

“I believe that Napoli, who are aiming for a run in the Champions League as well, will also want to protect their players from possible injury on the ice. Temperatures are very harsh, so to bring it forward would be logical.

“Playing at 6pm? For my part, after speaking with the director and players, I would say that is important to bring it forward.”

Sannino then took time to again look back on the point his team earned in Turin at the weekend.

The 0-0 against former Siena boss Antonio Conte wasn’t without controversy, as Juventus felt they should have had a penalty, which Sannino took questions on.

The Bianconeri’s director general Beppe Marotta was earlier critical of the referee’s failure to award the spot-kick.

“I’ll start with a presupposition - during the season there is give and take,” suggested Sannino.

“The hand ball against us in Bologna is one example.

“I don’t want to talk about referees, but of ethics. The penalty could have been given, but football is nice sometimes because a mouse may be happy to have taken points from an elephant.

“Juve can rightly complain about the penalty, but I would add that when a team puts their heart and soul into the field, it would be nice to also say that in addition to the refereeing error, the opponents have done everything to earn a point.

“Juve are deservedly top of the table, the club has achieved some great things. [General director Beppe] Marotta is someone I know from Varese and he is a great director.

“However, it would be nice to have some credit for our performance.”

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