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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Briatore Comparing English and Italian Attitudes to Referees

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Goal.com - - Chief Briatore: In England We Don't Even Know Referees' Names
- QPR supremo Flavio Briatore has drawn attention to the differences between Italian and English attitudes to referees...
- Flavio Briatore, the Italian businessman associated with the Benetton Formula 1 team, and more recently with Queens Park Rangers, has done his best to show that the treatment of referees in Italy is unjust.
- La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that he was surprised, when he became involved with English football, at how differently officials were seen.
- “They spoke about the Inter penalty for two hours, without talking about the game, which was a fantastic one,” Briatore said.
- “This kind of thing does not happen in England, because we hardly know who the referee is, and the moviola, [continuous replaying of an important foul or decision in super slow motion] does not exist.
- “It’s not as if people don’t make mistakes in England,” the impresario continued, “but it’s not such a big deal over here. The replaying system does not exist in France or Spain either, it is exclusively an Italian [thing].
- “Managers get to leave the ground 15 minutes after the final whistle here, but there, they are kept hanging about for two hours talking about a penalty.”
- Simone Finaldi, Goal.com

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