Spalletti fuming with referee’s decision to award Fiorentina late penalty


Luciano Spalletti was understandably fuming with referee Rosario Abisso in the aftermath of tonight’s exhilarating 3-3 draw between Fiorentina and Inter. The Viola were awarded a contentious penalty deep into stoppage time, despite the ball striking Danilo D’Ambrosio’s chest rather than his arm: “There are no doubts, no maybe, no perhaps. It hit his chest! It’s clear!”

The 59-year-old tactician was absolutely raging and shouted as he arrived for his usual post-match interview with Sky Sport: “It’s clear. It’s his chest. There is no argument here. There is no doubt here. It’s his chest! We saw it clearly! Everyone saw the VAR from the touchline, everyone saw it! It was his chest! The first penalty? He stuck his arm up and waved it around with nobody bothering him. The second, it was clearly his chest. It never even grazed his arm. Never.

“Now people are going to go oh they’re sending Spalletti away and getting someone else in, these results are decisive, they make a difference. These are fundamental results for our objectives in an entire season. I didn’t talk to the referee afterwards, because what could he possibly tell me? That it hit his arm when it clearly didn’t? There are no ifs and buts here, it’s clear. It’s obvious.

“It is in front of our eyes. There are no doubts, there’s no maybe, no possibly, no potentially, no perhaps. So, we go back to the last time we played Fiorentina, with the famous fingertips that moved on VAR. This is an important instrument that referees can use to see things properly.”

Nerazzurri captain Samir Handanović also had his say on how the match unfolded at the Stadio Artemio Franchi: “We’re angry, everyone saw what happened at the end: first of all, D’Ambrosio was fouled by Chiesa, and then the ball didn’t even touch his hand. It’s clear for all to see. We played with the right spirit today and showed a desire to get stuck in. We can’t continue to talk about Icardi.

“As regards Muriel’s free kick, perhaps he was helped somewhat by the strong wind, and this goal allowed them to get back into it. We then dropped off too much and made a few mistakes. We wanted to pick up the three points, and what happened is a shame. Now we’ll think about the next game.”

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