Hellas Verona coach Igor Tudor was furious with the referee after their 3-3 draw with Genoa, but also confessed he felt ‘both angry and relieved’ at the result.
It was a chaotic match and Verona thought they were in total control after going 2-0 up at Marassi.
However, they conceded three goals in the space of eight minutes to turn it around, snatching a point in stoppages through Nikola Kalinic’s header.
“I am both angry and relieved,” Tudor told DAZN after the match.
“I am happy for the lads, because at one stage we didn’t think we’d even get a point. This is football, we could’ve been 3-0 up, it ended 3-3.
“We had two distractions and a gift from the referee that allowed Genoa back into the game.”
The spot-kick for 2-1 was awarded for Pawel Dawidowicz’s handling offence, as although the ball was behind him, he was also flailing his arm around wildly and holding off Mattia Destro.
“Is he supposed to chop his arm off? He is running and the ball hits him. The game was over. I as a former player go crazy when I see penalties like this, you can’t run with your arms clamped to your side. This is football, these are details that can change a game and a whole season. I wish referees would speak more to current and former players.”
Tudor was also unhappy with the fixture list after a midweek round in which they drew 2-2 away to Salernitana.
“It was madness playing three games in six days, with two long journeys in three days. We’ll try to make the most of the next week to get our fitness levels back up to scratch.”