Atalanta’s Gian Piero Gasperini blames refereeing errors in loss to Roma

Gian Piero Gasperini of Atalanta
John Solano

Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini was furious with the refereeing performance in his side’s 4-1 loss this afternoon to Roma.

Gasperini questioned the credibility of referee Massimiliano Irrati and VAR after his side had a goal disallowed that would have brought the match level at 2-2 midway through the second half.

“Today wasn’t easy, Roma closed down very well and we made mistakes like conceding in the opening minute as we did against Milan and Villarreal,” he said to DAZN.

“But the team recovered and just before it went 3-1, we had a goal disallowed. This episode changed the entire game.”

“Palomino says he didn’t touch the ball, so why is this ruled offside? How does the video interpret this stuff differently? If Cristante touched the ball, then why does it matter?”

He continued, “Perhaps Roma would’ve won anyway but it’s a completely different match at 2-2 and we’re in much better shape.”

“Without taking any credit away from Roma, this stuff has to be explained. Things like this take away the credibility of it all. Let the referees come here to show their faces and explain it to everyone.”