Dzeko: ‘Referee lacked courage’

Edin Dzeko said the referee “didn’t have the courage to award a penalty” against Barcelona at Camp Nou. “The 4-1 is very harsh” on Roma.

The Giallorossi’s Champions League hopes are hanging in the balance after a 4-1 defeat in the first leg of their quarter-final.

“From the first minute we tried to play our usual way, pressing high, even if we know they are a very strong side,” Dzeko told Mediaset Premium.

“it’s a pity, because 4-1 is very harsh. Basically, three of them were own goals. If the penalty on me had been given in the opening minutes, that could’ve changed the game, whether we converted it or not.

“The referee should’ve had the courage to award a penalty against Barcelona at Camp Nou, because we deserve to be here and he has to treat us equally.

“Barcelona are a stronger team, we all know that. I think 3-1 would’ve been fair, but if you make this many mistakes, Barcelona will punish you.

“We begin again from Fiorentina, as if we want to play in the Champions League again next season, we need to finish in the top four in Serie A.”

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