Published On: Fri, Jan 10th, 2014

Inter coach brands refereeing decisions a joke

Walter Mazzarri - Inter boss has branded Italy’s referees as a joke following his side’s exit from the at the hands of .

The Nerazzurri succumbed to a Maicosuel goal as the Zebrette ran out 1-0 winners. However, the tactician was more than incensed after Diego Milito was denied, what seemed to be a clear penalty.

“It’s becoming a joke now,” he told Rai Sport. “You too saw the incidents today, so nobody can say ‘Mazzarri complains about referees.’ I don’t want to talk about it anymore for the rest of the season.

“Milito’s comeback is important, as he hadn’t played 90 minutes in a year. Now we must concentrate on Serie A with a player like Milito back in our ranks.

“The second half was an Inter monologue.

“We are a work in progress and I had to evaluate a few things, so I needed this game to experiment.

“We were a little shaken up in the first half and suffered Udinese’s pressing. The result is harsh on us, but these things happen in football.

“This summer we set certain parameters and we’re on track with those. We’re missing a few points in the League, but I think we are doing very well.

“I don’t have to convince anyone, as last season Inter failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 14 years and it’s a sign this club is going through a difficult time.

“People must accept we are a work in progress. We’ve only lost three games and had a few too many draws, but this squad has a soul and cannot do everything in one year.”

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