Tuesday April 26 2011
Udinese blast 'prejudiced' referees

Udinese patron Giampaolo Pozzo reiterated his attack on referees. “They are prejudiced against us and prepared to punish.”

The Friulani are locked in a battle for Champions League qualification and have been very critical of officials recently.

“The numbers against us are frightening,” blasted club owner Pozzo in the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“When we won 4-0 in Cagliari, we gave away seven free kicks. How have we suddenly become allegedly violent players?

“The mistake that most irritated me was disallowing Kwadwo Asamoah's goal at the 92nd minute of Udinese-Roma.

“Amauri's two offside goals for Parma were human error, but Gokhan Inler's red card seemed to be a referee prepared to punish. He did not attack the official. He said he didn't offend anyone and I believe him.”

A red card seemed frankly inevitable on Saturday when Inler was booked for a tackle and reacted by going forehead to forehead with the referee, bumping into him with his chest. Inler has been handed a two-match ban.

Director of sport Fabrizio Larini was also furious with the referees after Udinese dropped points in controversial circumstances.

“What irritates me most of all is that some bookings or red cards are down to exasperation after fouls are not penalised.

“Lecce were systematically fouling and that kind of obstructionist behaviour should be punished. Referees seem prejudiced against Alexis Sanchez and the Inler incident happened as a direct result of a foul on the Chilean that was ignored.”

Udinese's fans were influenced by similar statements before Saturday's game and the club was fined €2,000 after the crowd aimed insulting chants at the referee.

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