Chiellini blames ref for cup exit

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini blamed poor refereeing decisions for his side’s 2-0 Coppa Italia quarter-final loss to Roma on Thursday.

Roma took the lead after 65 minutes when Mirko Vucinic finished well after being picked out by a quality ball from Daniele De Rossi, and Rodrigo Taddei put the result beyond doubt with a 90th-minute strike.

But Chiellini believes his side should have been awarded a penalty when Alessandro Del Piero was brought down by Philippe Mexes late in the second half, and insisted the Roma defender should have been sent off for the challenge.

“I am disappointed to go out of the Coppa Italia,” Chiellini said.

“The game was headed for a 0-0 draw and without a piece of magic would not have been unlocked. “

“If then Del Piero had got a penalty and Mexes had been sent off, we would perhaps have seen a different game.”

“That aside we experienced a difficult moment. The players coming back from injury are forced to play immediately and can’t recover calmly.”

“We have to roll up our sleeves and get back to winning ways with the help of our fans.”