Italian journalist Fabio Caressa believes that important refereeing decisions are not being made on a consistent basis in Serie A, and that recent incidents between Inter and Juventus, and Roma and AC Milan, highlight this.
Speaking to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, Caressa suggested that the most important decisions in games often seem to contradict one another, to the consternation of teams.
Inter felt hard done by after a late penalty was awarded to Juventus which allowed the Bianconeri to equalize, following a clumsy challenge by Denzel Dumfries on Alex Sandro on the edge of the box.
It was the intervention of VAR that led to the spot kick being awarded, but Roma’s match with AC Milan yesterday the Giallorossi were not given the same kind of decision as they chased an equalizer.
A challenge by Rossoneri defender Simon Kjaer on Giallorossi midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini appeared nearly identical to the one that had resulted a penalty when Juventus travelled to the San Siro, yet nothing was given and the match finished 2-1 to Milan.
“The decisions are not consistent,” Caressa stated. “Kjaer’s challenge on Pellegrini is the same as the one in Inter-Juve. If VAR did not intervene tonight it should not have intervened in Inter-Juve, or vice versa. And the VAR makes a clear mistake on the penalty awarded to Milan.”