Tuesday February 28 2012
Budan warns of referee pressure

Palermo’s Igor Budan sees the referee for Saturday’s clash between the Rosanero and Milan as likely to come under unparalleled pressure.

Both sides go into their Week 26 clash off the back of strong complaints against match officiating. Where Sulley Muntari had a clear goal incorrectly disallowed during the Rossoneri’s match with Juventus, Budan’s team were equally despondent at the standard of refereeing during their 4-1 defeat to Siena.

A red card in the first minute to Federico Balzaretti was soon followed by a controversially awarded penalty to the Robur, much to the disdain of Palermo.

Croatian striker Budan, who has recently returned to fitness and form for the Renzo Barbera outfit, believes the climate going into the weekend will see the referee placed under intense scrutiny.

“Saturday will see the most significant pressure put on the referee.

“They always say that we must leave them in piece, even if we also have pressure on us. We have to accept as players, they are like us.

“Technology? I am in favour of it. Today, the errors will be accepted, but we could help ourselves with such things. You could start putting a referee behind each goal, as they do in European competition.”