Atalanta: ‘Refereeing is now total chaos’

Atalanta director Umberto Marino demands ‘clarity’ from the refereeing authorities on handball and offside rules after their defeat to Fiorentina. ‘Otherwise, it’s absolute chaos.’

It has been a dismal start to the season for La Dea, scraping four points from the opening three rounds, and even the win over Torino was barely deserved.

Gasp was visibly furious during this evening’s 2-1 home defeat to Fiorentina, as Dusan Vlahovic converted two penalties and Atalanta had an early goal disallowed for Duvan Zapata interfering with play.

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“We want someone to clarify and interpret the situations. We see incidents that are simply illogical. The refereeing authorities cannot simply leave us in the dark here,” director Marino told Sky Sport Italia.

“The referee told us Duvan Zapata was interfering with play, I don’t see how.”

Duvan Zapata went to head the ball in the build-up to the Berat Djimsiti goal, but did not appear to make contact.

He nonetheless was considered to be in an active position and the goal was therefore disallowed.

The biggest controversy was perhaps the first penalty, in which Joakim Maehle was judged to handle on purpose when Marco Sportiello had just got his fingertips to the cross, deflecting it towards him from point-blank range.

“With handball we have returned to the referee having total individual subjective views on what is handball and what isn’t, which in other words is total chaos,” added Marino.

“I hate to go back, but the Lorenzo De Silvestri situation in the Bologna game was frankly more of a handball than this, yet the referee in that game said it was not intentional handball. We need some clarity.”