Former Torino defender Pasquale Bruno blames José Mourinho and Leonardo Bonucci for their attitude toward referees: ‘At least Pioli used common sense…’
Bruno is a former Lecce and Torino defender who played over 200 games in Serie A between the 80s and the 90s.
He is known for his harsh judgements on Serie A players and coaches and has released an interview with Il Corriere della Sera where he didn’t hold back while talking about Mourinho and Bonucci.
“Roma sit seventh and he [Mourinho] blames the referees,” said Bruno.
“How can he do that? If Milan fail to win the Scudetto, it won’t be [referee Marco] Serra’s fault. He made a mistake, but there’s a limit to everything. At least Stefano Pioli used common sense.”
Bruno ended his career at Heart of Midlothian FC and Wigan and admits the mentality in Scotland and England is different.
“I love them. Over there, are not so many people talking, no controversies, just some tough tackles. That’s football and divers are not forgiven.
“Don’t you see what they do in Italy? They scream and put their hands in their face even if the contact was with their chest.
“Bonucci is the perfect example. He does anything he wants in Serie A and gets sent off after two minutes with the national team.”
The Juventus and Italy defender saw red after collecting two yellow cards in the first half of Italy’s Nations League semi-final against Spain in October.