Gennaro Gattuso complained that Italian referees were too “touchy” and should adopt the tolerance of Scottish officials after Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne was sent off for swearing in the 1-0 defeat to Inter.
David Ospina brought down Matteo Darmian, and Insigne was quick to express his dismay at the decision, with Massa equally wasting no time in brandishing the red card.
“Only in Italy do I see referees showing the red for these things,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.
“You’re not sent off in the same situation in England. I’m not making it up: I played in Scotland in the past and I still follow their football today. The captain of a team there can’t be sent off for a ‘f*ck off’ to the referee for a dubious penalty.
“This means that the referee is touchy, and if you are then you can’t do this job. You can’t leave a team down to 10 men for that. He wasn’t even saying it to his face in an aggressive fashion.”
The former Rangers midfielder added: “Anyone who has played football knows there is a lot at stake in a match like Inter-Napoli, and a word can slip out. Only in Italy it red cards in these situations happens and it is not right, because games are changed in this way.
“The players have to calm down, but you must also understand that a ‘f*ck off’ after a penalty can happen. In my opinion, a referee must have the intelligence and the tact to understand that.
“If there’s a red card for every word too many, then everyone should always be sent off. I’m just saying that, in such an important game, a European referee with experience cannot be touchy.”
Napoli had the better opportunities of the evening – even after being reduced to 10 men – and ‘Rino’ was left feeling short-changed as his side carved out chance after chance without finding the back of the net.
“It was a tactical game, in my view the team put in a great performance and we tried to do something a little new tonight,” Gattuso said.
“If we judge the overall match, then obviously Napoli deserved the points more, but you have to score goals. It felt like we’d be there all night trying to put the ball in the net with our hands and it still wouldn’t cross the line.
Source : goal.com