Roma president Rosella Sensi has spoken out about the standard of officialdom in Serie A after Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Brescia.
Coach Claudio Ranieri and several players have complained about several recent decisions, with the this week’s three-match ban given to Philippe Mexes provoking anger at the club.
“The FIGC and the Lega must intervene on the refereeing situation,” Sensi said on the club’s official website. “The designators do not seem capable of resolving the problems by themselves, so someone has to help them before football pays a heavy price.
“I hope that FIGC president Giancarlo Abete and Lega president Maurizio Beretta can dedicate themselves to fixing a situation where, in the absence of video evidence, matches are officiated even by blind people.
“If somebody thinks Roma can be taken for a ride while they wait for the new owners to settle in, then it’s important to make clear that this team has owners and directors capable of evaluating the behaviour of its players, just as its opponents, referees, assistants and President of the AIA.
“Roma had never previously put together as many contentious incidents as seen in the first 45 minutes against Brescia. We pinned them back into their own half, yet reached the break 1-0 down and with three bookings.”
Referees’ Association (AIA) president Marcello Nicchi has shown sympathy with the club.
“It is very likely that the referee, Russo, will be rested for the next round,” he said. “It’s a shame about the officiating in Brescia-Roma.
“From a certain perspective, I can understand the protests from Roma and they have reason to be angry, as sometimes mistakes happen when you least expect them.”