Ex-referee Mauro Bergonzi criticises Marco Di Bello’s performance in Napoli-Roma

Former Serie A referee Mauro Bergonzi criticised Marco Di Bello for his performance and decision making in yesterday’s 1-1 draw between Napoli and Roma.

Di Bello has come under fire after several mistakes throughout yesterday evening’s affair, including a missed penalty that should’ve been awarded Roma.

“Yesterday Di Bello refereed poorly,” Bergonzi told Teleradiostereo. “He was indecisive and unsure of himself, I didn’t like his performance.”

“The international-level referees haven’t responded well to (referee designator) Rocchi’s calls, which is a big problem. These veteran referees haven’t been at their best this season in Serie A.”

“For me, the episode involving Nicolo Zaniolo and Alex Meret is a penalty. But since the introduction of VAR, a lot of these referees have lost confidence.”

Adding, “Before the VAR monitor was implemented we knew we were alone on the pitch.”

“As for the yellow given to Zaniolo, each referee has their own character. Who you are and your personality is what you bring on to the pitch. It was difficult for the players and myself not to get on well.”

“For me, I preferred chatting with players and explaining to them the reason why I blew the whistle or why I didn’t. As a referee you have to learn how to oversee a match involving certain players.”

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