Former Italian referee Luca Marelli has analysed the decisions made by Luca Pairetto in Inter’s 4-0 win over Genoa last night in a post on his blog.
The first moment that Marelli highlighted was in the 9th minute, when Genoa striker Andrea Pinamonti struck Inter defender Stefan De Vrij with his arm. Pinamonti’s outstretched arm struck De Vrij’s face and due to the slight intent, a yellow card was deserved.
The next moment came in the 43rd minute, Marelli continues. Genoa defender Cristian Romero blocked a pass from Romelu Lukaku to Sebastiano Esposito with his arm, giving the Nerazzurri a free kick on the edge of the box.
Whilst the free kick was the correct decision, Marelli notes that Romero should have received his second yellow card for the hand ball, due to the fact that it blocked a dangerous attack, even if the intent wasn’t there.
In the 47th minute Inter appealed for a hand ball after Romero’s hand slightly touched a shot from Esposito, however considering his arms were behind his back the lack of a foul was correct, Marelli suggests.
Pairetto was also correct not to give Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni a second yellow card for his foul on defender Davide Biraschi, Marelli highlights. The foul did happen, but it’s not a serious tackle and it didn’t impact a goal scoring opportunity. No yellow card is correct.
Finally, Marelli touched on the penalty in the 63rd minute. Whilst the decision to award Inter the penalty was correct, due to the foul on Roberto Gagliardini, the yellow card to Genoa midfielder Kevin Agudelo confused Marelli.
The foul was clean and didn’t stop a goal scoring opportunity, considering Gagliardini’s distance from goal as well as the amount of Genoa defenders in the box. In summary, Pairetto was correct to give the penalty but incorrect to book Agudelo.