Motta Furious at Refereeing Verdicts in Monza Stalemate

For the first time since the 1989/90 campaign, Bologna opened a Serie A campaign with three consecutive away draws as they were held by a gritty Monza outfit at Stadio Brianteo. Thiago Motta was critical of referee Ivano Pezzuto’s verdicts during the game, one of which directly disallowed Lewis Ferguson’s header after Joshua Zirkzee was adjudged to have fouled in the build-up play.

Speaking to DAZN (via TuttoBolognaweb), Motta expressed his disappointment at what happened in that particular episode.

“We’ve all seen it, we don’t need television to decide a situation like this. There are four decisive calls against Bologna, which is difficult to digest. With Juventus I was left without speaking, but today it’s impossible. I apologize to the Bologna fans. I’m not talking about plots against Bologna, of course, it wouldn’t make sense, but I would like to have the right attention on certain episodes. I demand respect. We’ve all seen it, that’s four decisive errors against Bologna in six days, decisive errors.”

The Rossoblù coach didn’t stop there.

“The canceled goal? What should I tell you, the injustice hurts me, because they are obvious and clear errors that everyone can see and I also feel sorry for the referee. I shook his hand at the end of the matches and told him so. What I saw today is not possible. We must all raise our levels, me first.”

He nonetheless praised Raffaele Palladino and Monza for a stern display.

“It was an open match but it gradually became more difficult. The two teams play good football, they know what they want to do on the pitch. Congratulations to Monza and Palladino. We tried to continue with our identity and our philosophy.

Bologna finished the match with ten men after Alexis Saelemaekers was shown back-to-back yellow cards for his angry exchanges with the referee. It was to be the third successive stalemate for Bologna after similar results against Hellas Verona and Napoli.

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