Champions League Call went against them in Real Madrid tie
Atalanta president Antonio Percassi has vented his frustrations at the refereeing decisions that went against his team in their defeat to Real Madrid.
Remo Freuler‘s red card in the 17th minute prevented the hosts from playing their natural game before Ferland Mendy struck the winner late in the contest.
“It was a shock,” Percassi told La Gazzetta dello Sport on the red card incident.
“I got goosebumps when I saw the referee get the red card out. I thought he’d made the wrong decision and I was sure that VAR would intervene. We were all so confused. It was shameful – a grave injustice.
“I had a clear impression that has stayed with me: there was submissiveness and they favoured the bigger team, on paper and historically. Well, it wasn’t an impression.
“I could’ve used that word if it was just one dubious decision. There were so many I could point out.
“There were fouls from Nacho and [Luka] Modric on [Joakim] Maehle and [Matteo] Pessina which had to be bookings and they weren’t. The same with a handball by Lucas Vazquez.
“The referee went to book [Casemiro], realised he’d already had a yellow and thought twice, saying I don’t know what… One of our players would’ve been thrown out on the street and it would’ve been far.
“It’s impossible to play like that: everything against Atalanta, as usual. Or you’re not fit [to referee] a Champions League game… or it’s a question of submissiveness.”