Zac defends Italy’s refs

Posted on 22/02/2010


Juventus boss Alberto Zaccheroni has defended the way Paolo Tagliavento refereed Saturday’s match between Inter and Sampdoria at San Siro.

Tagliavento sent off Walter Samuel and Ivan Cordoba midway through the first half, leaving Inter boss Jose Mourinho absolutely furious.

The crowd at San Siro wielded white handkerchiefs while Mourinho gestured as if he were handcuffed.

Inter called a Press silence immediately after the game, sparking controversy in Italy.

Speaking to Radio Anch’io Sport, Zaccheroni said: “Poor Tagliavento. Let’s play it down. We cannot play without the referee: we have to help him.

“Saturday night’s game didn’t seem like a football match, it was something else. The replay has shown that the referee was right on every incident.

“Coaches with common sense aren’t in fashion now. We must play things down if we want to live together. We have to respect each other’s roles.”

Zaccheroni then reflected on Juventus’s 2-1 victory over Bologna on Sunday, reserving special praise for Diego and Alessandro Del Piero.

“Diego has to get used to the Italian League. He is an extraordinary trequartista. Alessandro is the captain who takes the team in hand. He still seems like a little boy to me. He shows total application.

“I don’t know how long this wonderful period of his can last: from what I see in training, I believe a while to come yet.

“We are on the right track, but Juventus’s convalescence is not absolutely over. We still haven’t consolidated anything. We play every three days. I haven’t yet had the time to go into particulars.”

Source: Football-Italia

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