Maresca Slammed by Mourinho and Referee Head After Roma vs Milan

Gianluca Rocchi, the coordinator of the referees, rarely gives public remarks, but he often leaks his opinions to the press. After a pair of solid rounds, in his mind, he was hugely disappointed with Fabio Maresca in Roma-Milan. The official will sit out a matchday or two as a punishment, Sky Sport reports.

His performance was highly dissatisfying according to Rocchi. The contact between Roger Ibanez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic should not have led to a penalty kick. The suggestion by VAR assistant Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni to look at it was correct as it was potentially a clear mistake. But Maresca stuck with his initial decision after going to the monitor.

Roma claimed a similar foul by Simon Kjaer on Lorenzo Pellegrini late in the game. Rocchi deemed it too weak and not a VAR-worthy situation, although it was an inconsistent call. Moreover, the action that led to Theo Hernandez’s red card should have stopped for a tackle on Rade Krunic. Therefore, the decisions by Maresca left both sides unhappy.

José Mourinho was fuming in the post-game: “I congratulate Milan, and I do not want to say anything about the referee. Otherwise, I will not be on the bench next week. There was a blatant lack of disrespect for Roma fans today. This is enough.”

Rocchi had to deal with plenty of controversies to open the season. On top of Maresca, a few other veteran officials have had subpar displays, while the youngsters have fared better. The coordinator would also like to see fewer ticky-tack penalty calls.