The match officials were in the centre of attention again, but refereeing designator Gianluca Rocchi said the AIA ‘won’t back down’ and stressed Sunday ‘was an excellent day for us’.
Simone Inzaghi was the fourth coach to be sent off in the last round of fixtures on Sunday night, as he followed Gian Piero Gasperini, Jose Mourinho and Luciano Spalletti.
The controversial penalty towards the end of Inter vs. Juventus decided the game and helped the Bianconeri secure a point at San Siro, another refereeing decision set to cause debate in Serie A.
But Rocchi said he’s ‘absolutely satisfied’ with the performances of the referees during the weekend.
“I decided to make this small intervention to say that we don’t back down from any mistakes,” Rocchi told Radio Anch’io Sport. “I’m absolutely satisfied.
“It was an excellent day for us. We are witnessing wonderful games and it’s also thanks to the referees: with the return of the public and a very competitive championship it becomes more difficult for us too.
“But we made a choice focusing on a young group and I’m happy with how they appreached the games. I hope they continue on this path.”
Rocchi then mentioned the two controversial sending offs during Roma vs. Napoli, when Mourinho and Spalletti didn’t understand why they were shown a red card by Davide Massa.
“I spoke to the two coaches, who apologised at the end of the game, a sign of intelligence,” Rocchi said.
“I really appreciated it, the adrenaline on the pitch makes you lose clarity. Spalletti is Tuscan like me, if he had made that joke to me, it would have been different.
“Massa has another character and reacted as we asked him to do: the referees must be gentlemen, polite and uncompromising towards those who behave bad.”
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