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Inter Milan And Juventus Deserved A Penalty Over The Weekend According To Serie A Referee Designator

Written By Onyeka Daniel

The 16th round of matches in the Italian Serie A took place over the weekend with Inter Milan able to stretch their lead at the top of the table to four points after Juventus dropped points against Genoa and the Nerazzurri defeated Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.

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But it could have turned out different for both teams, especially Juventus after seeing several decisions go against them. Refereeing designator Gianluca Rocchi confirmed that Ruslan Malinovskyi deserved a red card for a reckless tackle on Kenan Yildiz in Genoa–Juventus and confirmed that Mattia Bani’s handball inside the box ‘could have been handled differently.’

Rocchi analysed the most controversial refereeing incidents from the latest Serie A round. Juventus were furious with referee Davide Massa on Friday as they felt Malinovskyi should have been sent off in the final minutes of their away meeting with Genoa for a high challenge on Kenan Yildiz.


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“This round was better than the previous one. Aside from an incident in Genoa, it surely was a positive weekend,” Rocchi told DAZN. “What we consider a serious error is the missed red card for Malinovskyi because I’ve asked the lads to be very harsh about these things. We can’t be soft with those who make dangerous challenges.”

Juventus also appealed for a second penalty kick for a Bani handball inside the box. Federico Chiesa had given Juventus the lead in the first half from the spot. There was a similar incident on Sunday night when Inter demanded a penalty kick for a Nicolò Casale handball in their away victory against Lazio.

VAR and the referee also ignored Nerazzurri’s appeals. “The other two incidents could have been handled differently,” said Rocchi. “We’ll see them next week, but I don’t think those were clear errors like the missed red card for Genoa.” He further added. There should be more clarity on the decisions especially from the VAR room in the coming days.

Meanwhile…

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri protested vehemently against Davide Massa inside the referee’s dressing room on Friday and was therefore fined €10,000, the Sport Judge has revealed. Allegri was furious with Massa, who had ignored Juventus’ penalty appeal for a Mattia Bani handball and hadn’t shown a straight red card to Ruslan Malinovskyi for a high challenge on Kenan Yildiz.

However, after the final whistle, the Italian tactician went too far and ‘disrespected’ referee Massa and VAR inside the officials’ locker room. The incident came to light Tuesday when the Sport Judge announced a €10,000 fine for the Italian tactician. It’s been reported that Allegri entered the referee’s locker room and protested ‘initially calmly’ and then in a ‘disrespectful way’, blaming Massa and VAR. For this reason, he was urged to leave the dressing room.

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The sport Judge also confirmed Lazio defender Manuel Lazzari has received a two-game ban and fined €5,000 for insulting the referee during a 2-0 loss against Inter, receiving a straight red. Udinese‘s Martin Payero received a one-game ban after receiving a red card in a game against Sassuolo.

For Caleb Okoli (Frosinone), Raul Bellanova (Torino) and Giulio Maggiore (Salernitana), they will miss the next match after receiving the fifth yellow card in the previous round. Frosinone, Lecce, Roma, Bologna and Napoli received fines due to their fans’ behaviour.

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