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Referee was in favor of Real Madrid- Atalanta president

Fri 26 February 2021 | 12:19

The Atalanta boss is very unhappy with the referee's decisions in his team's match against Real Madrid.

Atalanta

president Antonio Percussi criticized the dismissal of his player in the match against

Real Madrid

, claiming that the referee whistled in Los Blancos' favor.

Remo Freuler was sent off in the 18th minute of the Champions League Round of 16 with a direct red card. After the game, Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini criticized the referee and the Italian press claimed that Atalanta had been robbed. Now the club president has made similar remarks, claiming that the referee blew the whistle in Real's favor.

He told Gazzetta dello Sport:

“It was shocking, that red card gave me goosebumps."

“I thought the referee picked the wrong card.

“After just 15 minutes of such an important game, with the whole world watching. I could only look around me: all bewildered, almost embarrassed. It was embarrassing, a grave injustice, unacceptable for Italian football.”

“He is a smart person and an extremely professional manager. It is easy to imagine what he might have thought,” Percassi said.

"I had the feeling that the most important team was overwhelmingly favoured, on paper and for history," the President continued.

“Besides, ‘impression’ is wrong. The term impression is correct if there is only one dubious episode, I had to write them down so as not to risk forgetting any.

“There was a Nacho foul on Maehle and one of Modric on Pessina. They should have been booked. No yellow card for a Lucas Vazquez handball and Casemiro should have received a second yellow card for diving.

“The referee remembered he had already picked up one and put his hand back in his pocket, telling him I don’t know what.

“One of ours would have seen red, one hundred per cent. Rightly, I add.

“There is psycolgical subjection, it’s unacceptable to witness such mistakes. Everything was against Atalanta, always. Either you are inadequate, unprepared for a Champions League match, or you have subjection.

“I could only thank the guys in the dressing room, one by one. What could I say to them? They were shocked.”

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