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Gasperini criticized referee after Europa League exit

Fri 15 April 2022 | 9:07

The Italian team lost last night and failed to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Atalanta

coach Gian Piero Gasperini criticized the referee's performance after the defeat against

Leipzig

and elimination from the Europa League.

The two teams drew 1-1 in the first leg, and Atalanta had high hopes of advancing, but lost by two goals to

Christopher Nkunku

and were eliminated. When Atalanta were 1-0 behind, on one of the scenes it looked like the ball had been hit by Dani Olmo, but the referee did not believe so and did not review the scene by the VAR. After the game, Gasperini criticized the referee.

"The strange thing is that he [Mateu Lahoz] gave a punishment that for me was a less obvious foul than it was a penalty. There is absolute confusion on handballs. The referee himself, in 30 seconds, evaluates the first instance more serious than the second which is much clearer.

"Well, it's not like you can cancel it [from context]. We had a good match, we conceded something, as is normal in these matches. There are goal situations on both sides in Europe. Everyone has an important attacking quality. It wasn't the defence that penalised us."

"It is always like this. They have pace and speed, they play very tightly and then go on the counter-attack.

"Sometimes they do them very well, we attacked for a very long time and unfortunately in recent weeks we have had difficulty in finding the final pass, the decisive shot. Even if for long stretches it was an excellent match for Atalanta."

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