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Napoli coach Ancelotti blasts ref after Atalanta draw

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti blasted referee Piero Giacomelli after their 2-2 draw with Atalanta for sending him off.

Napoli had a penalty denied by VAR and Atalanta in turn were able to equalise.

“Do you have any doubts as to whether it was a penalty or not?" Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia afterwards.

“Here, there's a clear disinterest of the player for the ball. I don't even want to stay here and discuss whether it's a penalty or not.

“It seems self-evident to me. The VAR speaks of an elbow, but which elbow? It was a decision made by the VAR. We're officiated by VAR.

“Giacomelli told me, 'help me sort this out.' I told him, 'but you have no doubt that it could be a penalty?' After that he sent me to the dressing rooms, that's it.

“The team played very well, with good intensity and everything else. They deserved a different result.

“We're very sorry about all this, but we have to move on. I feel a little disappointed, I feel that my sincerity, professionalism, team and club have been a little under attack.

“I'd rather talk as little as possible. Tonight we played very well. It was a game of sacrifice and we used up a lot of energy.

“We pressed very well, we stopped them building from the back. We had good control of the game in the second half."

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