Allegri furious at ‘pressure’ on Italian referees

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri has refused to pin blame on referee Luca Banti after Juventus drew 2-2 at Atalanta, claiming there is “no desire to improve Italian football”.Allegri had to turn to Cristiano Ronaldo – who had been rested for Wednesday’s fixture – to salvage a share of the spoils at Atalanta, with the forward coming on from the bench to head in a late equaliser.Berat Djimsiti’s own-goal had put Juve ahead early on, but Duvan Zapata’s double saw Atalanta take the lead, with Rodrigo Bentancur’s dismissal for a second yellow card having made matters more complicated for Juve. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But Allegri did not single out referee Banti, instead turning attention to Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, who on Monday criticised the appointment of Paolo Mazzoleni’s for their clash with Inter, suggesting that Serie A officials are under too much pressure.”My patience has run out, but it’s better to talk about the game, I’m not in a good mood,” a frustrated Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.”I don’t talk about referees, Banti officiated well and these things happen. Outside we hear heavy statements from club owners about referees, speaking and moralising.”I’ll leave Banti, who refereed well, aside because it’s not elegant to make these allusions and declarations. I’ll never speak, we need to educate the fans.”But my patience is running out, in Italy we can’t improve with the example set by certain people.2 – Prior to today the last time Juventus conceded two goals in a Serie A game was in MD1 against Chievo. Hit. #AtalantaJuve— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 26, 2018″I could make a scene but that would be wrong, in Italy anything and everything goes and we never learn.”I’m sorry for Italian football, there’s no desire to improve Italian football. “I’m disappointed for the children and my children. We don’t want to improve this sport.”last_img read more

STF tightens security in Kalpitiya following violent clashes

The police Special Task Force (STF) has tightened security in Kalpitiya following a violent clash between fishermen in the area.Fishermen staged a protest in Kalpitiya today against the use of illegal fishing nets. The police said that seven boats, a lorry and a motorcycle were set on fire during the clash. (Colombo Gazette) The fishermen blocked the streets and protested resulting in a severe traffic block.A clash broke out during the protest resulting in damage to property and injuries.