Inter striker Lautaro Martinez hit out at the officials following the Nerazzurri’s controversial 2-2 draw against Monza in Serie A yesterday.

The Argentina international looked to have given Inter victory when he put them 2-1 up in the second half, and that lead could have been stretched further when Francesco Acerbi put the ball in the net, only for the referee to blow for a foul by Roberto Gagliardini in the build up.

However, replays suggested that Monza defender Pablo Mari had been tripped by teammate Armando Izzo, but because the whistle had been blown before the ball went in, it could not go to VAR.

After Monza equalised in stoppage time, Martinez blasted the decision in an interview with Inter TV, as reported by

“We played a very good first half, in the second half we could have done better. We’ve had VAR for four or five years now, you can’t make these mistakes again,” the striker fumed.

Martinez conceded that Inter needed to manage matches better and could not afford to drop any more points in the Serie A title race, whilst looking ahead to Tuesday’s Coppa Italia clash against Parma.

“We have to close games out earlier. We cannot drop any more points, we have already lost so many. We must continue to grow and work as a group.

“We must all be ready, we need everyone, as we play every three days. We played a very intense game against Napoli on Wednesday. They stopped us, now we have to rest and think about the Coppa Italia,” he added.

Martinez made his first start for Inter since helping Argentina win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar last month.