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Sampdoria: 'Referees are Killing Soccer'
Football Italia, November 1st, 2012 2:22PM

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Referees in Italy’s Serie A have come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks for allegedly favoring bigger clubs. On Wednesday, following his team’s 3-2 loss to Inter at the San Siro, Sampdoria vice president Edoardo Garrone fumed that Italian refs are “killing soccer.”

Garrone told Il Secolo XIX: “This is the fourth red card and the fifth penalty awarded against us. I am not saying this to look after my own interests. I am doing it for soccer. We cannot continue like this, as they are killing soccer.”

Sampdoria’s Andrea Costa was shown a straight red card in the second half for a foul on Inter’s Diego Milito, which resulted in a penalty that tied the match and put the hosts in control. Garrone didn’t take umbrage with that call, however. “Alvaro Pereira nearly broke Gaetano Berardi’s leg and didn’t even get a yellow card,” he said, referring to a foul in which Berardi suffered a sprained ankle. “As for the build-up to that third goal, Yuto Nagatomo was at least two meters offside.”

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