Mon 20 March 2023 | 10:10

"Let's talk about football, not referees", says Allegri after controversial win against Inter

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri defended the referee's performance after the Derby d’Italia was decided by a controversial goal.

Juventus beat Inter at San Siro on Sunday thanks to Filip Kostic’s goal. Juventus has won six of their last seven Serie A games and is seven points behind the Champions League places.

Adrien Rabiot appeared to control the ball with his arm in the build-up to the goal, but a long VAR review was unable to find conclusive footage to overturn the referee’s decision, and the goal was awarded to Juventus.

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi slamed the referee and VAR after the game and insisted the Adrien Rabiot handball was ‘unacceptable and disrespectful'.

After the game, Allegri insisted everyone should accept referees' decisions, and that it is better to talk about football.

"Don't make me angry,"

the Juve head coach told DAZN after the match.

"The referee's decisions must be accepted. The decisions go one way or another.

"Let's not make a lot of noise, it wasn't easy for Chiffi to referee. Let's talk about football, not referees.

"I said if VAR is objective, then it is functional, but if it becomes subjective, that is a problem. This tonight is an objective case, we have not made any controversy.

"The less we talk about referees, the more we help them.”

Allegri also said he is happy with his team’s performance but urged them to be more clinical.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Allegri said:

"The boys trained well for this. It was a good game, winning in Milan isn't easy and it raises our confidence.

"We had a good match from a technical point of view, we conceded little against a strong and technical team.

"In the second half, however, we had to close it."

Allegri stormed off the pitch before the end of the match, minutes before Danilo D’Ambrosio and Leandro Paredes were given straight red cards.

Allegri told DAZN

: "They didn't need me any more at that point.

"I was getting irritated, so rather than get myself booked or sent off, I decided it was best to leave. I left it in their hands, the players knew what they were doing."

source: SportMob

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