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Jan 14, 2014

Mazzarri holds back on referee criticism

Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri held back on his criticism of the referee after his side's 1-1 draw with Chievo on Monday night.

Walter Mazzarri's side were again frustrated by the officials on Monday.
Walter Mazzarri's side were again frustrated by the officials on Monday.

Wilson: Toothless Inter held

The former Napoli coach had been less reserved in his criticism of the officials following defeat to Udinese in the Coppa Italia last week, suggesting his side were being victimised, but he managed to keep his emotions in check on Monday, even though his side had a valid goal ruled out.

"I would have a lot to say about the referees, but I'll save it until the end of the season," he told Mediaset television. "Games are full of incidents and, just like coaches and players get things wrong, there are other elements on the field that have an influence on the result."

Mazzarri did not dwell on referee Dino Tommasi's decision to rule out Yuto Nagatomo's goal, which would have put the Nerazzurri 2-1 ahead shortly after the Japanese full-back had equalised Alberto Paloschi's early strike.

"All that was missing was a way of unblocking the game," Mazzarri added. "They capitalised on our first mistake to score and it was uphill from there. Then we had the goal disallowed and that would have been useful to open Chievo up a bit.

"I would be wrong to define clear objectives now. We will draw our conclusions at the end of the season, and we will build our future on that. All I can say is that we will aim to win every game, and then we'll assess how things went at the end of every match.

"Tonight's game was blocked. Chievo defended very well and we created chances, and we did actually manage to score the second goal."

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