Spalletti slams official after Napoli loss in Champions League

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Luciano Spalletti fumes at the referee’s officiating following their loss to AC Milan in the Champions League.

Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti is not pleased with the officiating in the Champions League after his side fell to fellow Serie A team in the first leg of the tournament.

The Italian insisted that the referee booked all is players but ignored the players of the AC Milan players for the same foul committed.

Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas was more willing to comment on the performance of referee Istvan Kovacs, though, suggesting it contributed to his team’s downfall.

“I don’t know what to say about the refereeing, it was something incredible,” he said. “He booked all our players, they committed the same type of fouls but didn’t get yellow cards.

“It’s something I’ve never seen before. It was also because of that that at a certain point we became nervous on the field.”

Meanwhile, Spalletti insisted that Osimhen, who has also scored four goals in five Champions League games to help Napoli to reach the quarterfinals for the first time, will be back to help his team attempt to overturn their deficit.

“Victor Osimhen will 100% be available for the return leg at Maradona on Tuesday. He will be there,” Spalletti said.

Without Osimhen, Napoli had more shots and more efforts on target than their opponents but couldn’t find a way past Milan’s defence.

 

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