A report in the Italian media felt that referee Szymon Marciniak was too soft in the way he handled the action between Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.

The Polish official oversaw the second-leg clash in the Champions League Round of 16.

The Spaniards had the last laugh at home after pulling off a remarkable comeback, They equalized the score on aggregate thanks to Antoine Griezmann and Memphis Depay which forced extra time.

The Colchoneros then bested the Nerazzurri in penalty shootouts. Jan Oblak denied Alexis Sanchez and Davy Klaassen, while Lautaro Martinez shockingly sent the final attempt to the stands.

As for Marciniak, La Gazzetta dello Sport (via FcInterNews) felt that he had a “good but not great” display.

The pink newspaper argued that the match official should have been tougher on several occasions, mainly on Koke.

The Atletico Madrid captain only received a booking in the 90th minute after avoiding it on several previous occasions.

The Spain international elbowed Marcus Thuram in the back in the 38th minute. He also committed a rough challenge on the Inter striker in the 75th minute.

Referee Szymon Marciniak Was Too Soft On Atletico Madrid Captain Koke In Champions League Clash Vs Inter Milan

Nevertheless, the source also points out that the Frenchman should have earned a yellow card for a cynical foul on Stefan Savic in the 100th minute.

For his part, Saul Niguez also escaped unscathed from a dangerous challenge on Alexis Sanchez.  This should have earned him a booking.

Finally, the source credits the referee for allowing Federico Dimarco and Griezmann’s goals without any interference from VAR.