Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso has complained that only in Italy would his captain Lorenzo Insigne be sent off for using vulgar language to a referee.
The Italy international forward was shown a straight red card by official Davide Massa during the second half of his side’s 1-0 Serie A defeat by Inter Milan on Wednesday, after reacting angrily when a penalty was awarded to the home side.
Un peccato averla persa. Meritavamo di più.
C'est dommage d'avoir perdu. Nous méritions plus.
It is a pity we lost. We deserved more.
— Koulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 16, 2020
“These things only happen in Italy,” Gattuso told Sky Italia.
“The captain of Napoli can’t be sent off because he has sworn at the referee after a dubious penalty.
— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) December 16, 2020
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“We are playing a lot of football, a word can slip out. Only in Italy do players get sent off for these things.”
The spot-kick proved to be decisive, as Romelu Lukaku converted it to give Inter a 1-0 win and end Napoli’s six-match unbeaten run in all competitions.