Catania Coach Rolando Maran and director Sergio Gasparin vented their fury after Milan’s controversial victory. “The psychological weakness for big clubs is evident.”
The Elefantini had taken the lead last night, but Stephan El Shaarawy equalised when clearly offside after Pablo Barrientos saw red and the Rossoneri eventually won 3-1.
“Those two incidents changed the game,” said Maran. “Before the dismissal we had not allowed anything to Milan and were able to interrupt all their moves. We were playing the match we wanted to and had prepared for all week.
“Unfortunately at Catania we are getting accustomed to certain things and it’s not a good habit to have. We are bitter about the result, because we wanted to get back on track after the Derby defeat, but at least I saw us work as a team again.”
There have been several controversial incidents at the Stadio Massimino this season, as Juventus also won here with an offside goal and a perfectly good Catania strike disallowed.
“When we play against a big club, it almost seems as if an offside goal is the rule,” snapped director Gasparin.
“We lost to Inter at San Siro with Andrea Stramaccioni admitting we deserved a penalty. Against Juventus and Milan we all know what happened.
“The psychological weakness of referees towards big clubs is evident. The errors of the assistants are even worse, as this El Shaarawy goal and the Juve one were pretty easy to spot. Evidently the offside flag weighs heavily in their hands when the big sides are playing.”
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