Mancini slams refereeing and accuses Torino of cheating

The Inter chief was angry with the decision to send off Yuto Nagatomo and award a penalty against his side in their 2-1 loss to Giampiero Ventura’s men

Inter head coach Roberto Mancini described refereeing decisions made in his team’s 2-1 home loss to Torino on Sunday as “absurd” and accused the visitors’ Andrea Belotti of cheating.

Mancini’s men took the lead through Mauro Icardi’s penalty but Cristian Molinaro hit a fine equaliser before Miranda was sent off for a second bookable offence when he slid in late on Belotti.

Torino striker Belotti then won a penalty when he went down under a challenge from Yuto Nagatomo, who received Inter’s 10th red card of the league season, Belotti converting the penalty himself.

Mancini was angry and accused Belotti of trying to win a penalty with a “clear dive”.

“This is a difficult game to comment on, because it should’ve been finished by the start of the second half. We lost a game that seemed impossible to lose,” Mancini told Sky Sport Italia.

“There are periods of the season where things go your way and moments when you concede at every attempt. I think our problem is that we don’t kill games off. It happened against Roma too, we needed to be more determined and finish it off.
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“It’s not possible every time at home we get players sent off and penalties awarded against us. Miranda’s second yellow card was right, but the first booking did not exist. It struck him on the shoulder, so was not handball. These things only happen to Inter.

“As for Nagatomo’s red card, that was absurd. You can tell even from a distance that Belotti is seeking contact with Nagatomo. There are five officials there, not one of them spotted a clear dive.

“There was a clear penalty not awarded to Icardi. I also admit our penalty was a mistake too, because a player can’t cut his arm off when he slides in. In my view, those penalties should not be given in general.”

Defeat leaves Inter’s Champions League hopes severely damaged, as Mancini’s side are now eight points behind Roma, who occupy the third and final Serie A qualification place.

Although Mancini railed against decisions that went against his side, he accepted that his team should have secured the points before half-time.

“The fact remains we should’ve finished it in the first half, when we had numerous chances and allowed Torino absolutely nothing,” he said. “We were in total control.

“It’s an issue of being clinical at certain moments of the game. We’ve always scored fairly few goals, we used to win 1-0, now one is not enough.”

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“But I’ll add that the Nerazzurri’s project is great and Inter is a fantastic club. So it’s normal that they want a player of this level.”

Icardi: Lopez is ignorant as feud continues

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Inter captain Mauro Icardi labelled Maxi Lopez ‘ignorant’ after the Torino striker refused a handshake as the pair’s bitter feud continued on Sunday.

A strange love triangle has developed since Icardi married former Sampdoria team-mate Lopez’s ex-wife Wanda Nara just months after she divorced the Argentinean in 2013.

The fallout intensified when Icardi got a tattoo of Lopez’s three children on his arm, with the latter then refusing to shake the hand of his countryman in a Serie A fixture in April 2014.
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And in another episode of the clash, dubbed the ‘Wanda derby’, Lopez bypassed Icardi again before kick-off as Torino stunned Inter 2-1 at San Siro.

“Unfortunately these things happen, it depends on the ignorance of certain people,” Icardi told Mediaset Premium.

“I gave my hand, I am polite.”

Icardi thought he had the last laugh when he converted a 17th-minute penalty on Sunday, but Torino rallied with two goals in the second half to see off nine-man Inter, who had Miranda and Yuto Nagatomo sent off after the break.

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Inter v Torino Preview: Nerazzurri can catch Roma, claims Mancini

The in-form San Siro side go in search of a fifth straight home win in Serie A – a feat they have not achieved since May 2011 – when they host the Granata

Roberto Mancini has called for Inter to remain focused as they begin a pivotal run-in to the Serie A season at home to Torino on Sunday.

Inter are in with a chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League – they sit five points adrift of third-placed Roma in the table with eight games remaining – having picked up three wins and a draw before the international break.

As domestic leagues return to action across Europe, Mancini’s side find themselves up against opponents who have not registered a league victory since February 14.

The former Manchester City manager hopes the gap between fixtures has not put an end to Inter’s run of good form, as they look to record a fifth straight home win in Serie A for the first time since May 2011.

“It was the last break of the season so it’s straight through to the end now,” Mancini told the club’s official website. 

“We have to keep doing what we’ve been doing in recent weeks. There are lots of points still to be won and everyone has tough games to play. 

“If we can put together a good number of wins we can make up the gap.”

Inter held a 1-0 lead away at Roma on March 19 but had to settle for a draw after Radja Nainggolan scored a late equaliser for the hosts at the Stadio Olimpico.

“Perhaps we should have killed the game off – like other times – because you can always let a goal in at the end,” Mancini admitted.

“But obviously Roma were pressing us really hard looking for an equaliser at that stage. Up until then we’d defended very well.”

As for the visitors, Torino coach Giampiero Ventura found himself having to answer questions about his own future at his pre-match media conference.

“I never wanted to talk about my future because I consider it daft. I still have two years on my contract, I read of so many coaches who are supposed to be coming here, but this is football,” he said.

“As of today I think I am still the coach, because I have a contract, an important project and a lot of anger within me to show what we could’ve achieved.

“When I say mistakes were made, I include my own. I am really looking forward to the future.”

Ventura did confirm Torino will be without striker Ciro Immobile, who was taken off with a thigh injury at half-time during the 4-1 derby defeat against Juventus last time out.