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Inter paying penalty says Facchetti Monday 22 April, 2002



Vice-president Giacinto Facchetti believes that a lack of correct refereeing decisions could cost Inter the Serie A title.

The Nerazzurri have seen their lead at the top of the table whittled down in recent weeks and the former Italian international is unhappy with the lack of penalty decisions going their way.

"Something is certainly not working," he said after Inter’s 2-2 draw at Chievo. "In the entire second half of the season we’ve not been given one spot-kick."

The San Siro giants angrily protested that they should have been awarded a penalty at Verona, after what seemed like a foul by Lorenzo D’Anna on Ronaldo. But referee Massimo De Santis failed to point to the spot.

"It was a clear penalty for me," continued the former Inter legend. "The Chievo defender completely ignored the ball and made contact with Ronaldo. And to say that the referee was in a great position.

"It may be no coincidence that a side like ours that is leading the championship hasn’t been awarded a penalty since before Christmas."

President Massimo Moratti (pictured) also commented on the situation. "It’s normal that we should feel hard done by. After we had taken the lead on Sunday every free-kick seemed to go Chievo’s way.

"Now we must simply win our last two games without making any calculations about other results. Only this way can we keep Juventus and Roma behind us. We won’t give in now. We must prove that we are stronger than everyone else."

Inter are currently one point ahead of Juventus and two clear of Roma with just 180 minutes of the season left.
 
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