Inter vice-president Giacinto Facchetti believes his Milan counterpart Adriano Galliani’s role as president of the Italian football league, has contributed to referees favouring Milan this season.
“The problem regarding Galliani’s position is still unresolved,” Facchetti was quoted as saying in La Gazzetta dello Sport on Tuesday.
The statistics appear to bear Facchetti out.
“A balance of nine penalties in favour (of Milan) and none against in seventeen matches represents, in my opinion, an embarrassing tally – not only for us, but also for (Milan’s) other adversaries,” added the Inter vice-president.
Galliani was appointed president of the Italian football league last year, but this season he has found himself under attack as a series of questionable refereeing decisions appeared to favour his Milan side.
Facchetti was speaking in the wake of his side’s shock 4-1 defeat to Perugia at the weekend, during which Inter claim they were the victims of two refereeing errors.
Referee Paolo Bertini awarded Perugia for handball against Ivan Cordoba, but overlooked a similar incident when home striker Zisis Vryzas appeared to handle the ball past Inter keeper FrancescoToldo to make it 2-0.
According to Facchetti, Inter lost the match partly due to “the bias of the decisions of the sports officials”.
“I’m not calling into question Galliani’s great abilities as a manager, his honesty, nor the strengthof his team,” he continued.
“But I find it impossible not to ask myself the question: how come he doesn’t feel embarrassed?”