Derby d’Italia controversy continues

The controversy from JuventusInter rumbles on, as the Lega Serie A defends its television director.

Footage emerged of Bianconeri defender taking a free-kick which was intercepted by Mauro Icardi, but referee Nicola Rizzoli pulled it back as he hadn’t blown his whistle yet.

This created controversy, not only because Nerazzurri fans said play should have continued, but because the images weren’t broadcast on television.

The controversy from Juventus-Inter rumbles on, as the Lega Serie A defends its television director.

Footage emerged of Bianconeri defender taking a free-kick which was intercepted by Mauro Icardi, but referee Nicola Rizzoli pulled it back as he hadn’t blown his whistle yet.

This created controversy, not only because Nerazzurri fans said play should have continued, but because the images weren’t broadcast on television.

Now the man entrusted by the Lega Serie A with assigning the directors for the matches, Popi Bonnici, has defended the decision not to show it.

“The director who the Lega sent to the game – which I take responsibility for, there’s no doubt about that – made the correct decision in my opinion,” Bonnici explained on Radio 24.

“He showed what was happening. We had a conversation between [Paulo] Dybala and [Coach Massimiliano] Allegri, which I think is interesting for the viewers.

“It was to see what happened in a period where it was said that things between Allegri and Dybala were not the best. This showed the more technical side.

“It was in preparation for a substitution, so the director has the obligation to show the substitutes as much as possible.

“In terms of the incident, I don’t think I’ve heard comments about if from virtually anyone, it seems like none of the journalists who were there did [comment on it].”

Meanwhile, Juventus' official television channel has shown another angle of Mario Mandzukic's challenge on Mauro Icardi, in which the Nerazzurri captain appears to claim for a corner, rather than a penalty.

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