Gian Piero Gasperini believes the referee’s lack of judgment ruined the game.
scored a late winner to earn lacklusterReal Madrid
a 1-0 victory over 10-manAtalanta
in Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg.
Real's task appeared to have been made much easier after Atalanta's
was sent off in the 17th minute for denying Mendy a goal-scoring opportunity.
“What remains is the bitterness that we couldn’t get to play the game we were waiting for,”
the coach told Sky Sport Italia
“Aside from the result, the satisfaction was getting to play against Real Madrid in the Champions League. I don’t know what the result would’ve been, but the game was completely ruined by an incident that was judged excessively.
“The game was ruined. Last season, after absolute chaos, the handball rule was sorted out. Now we have the temptation to remove any form of contact in football and that is suicide for the sport.
“I just got banned for saying something in Serie A, if I say something now then UEFA will ban me for a month. But this is football suicide. We cannot have referees who never played the game and don’t know the difference between a challenge and a foul.
“Referees also have video replays now, they have everything needed to judge, and yet even with replays they get it wrong.
“You wait so long for this event and then it gets ruined. We might’ve lost anyway, I am not complaining about the result, but we at least could’ve played our game.
“We’re satisfied, though, and we are going to Madrid to play our game.”