Trapattoni Blames Ref For Italy Demise
Tuesday June 18, 2002 4:07 PM
Giovanni Trapattoni blamed bad refereeing decisions for Italy's World
Cup exit at the hands of South Korea.
The Italians looked to be heading for the quarter-finals until Seol Ki
Hyeon scored in the 88th minute to cancel out Christian Vieri's
Then Ahn Jung-hwan, who missed a first-half penalty, was the Korean
hero with a dramatic winner three minutes from the end of extra time.
But Trapattoni was angry that his side had a goal disallowed - for the
fifth time in the tournament - and felt that Francesco Totti should
not have been sent off either.
He said: "We have a lot to be unhappy about.
"I don't understand why we had a player sent off and a goal
disallowed. It is not the first time it has happened for us in the
"The players are not to blame, they played well. I think we were the
ones who deserved to win.
"We had three or four chances, including one for a golden goal from
Gennaro Gattuso plus the one Vieri missed in normal time.
"I think it was an exciting game and Korea showed a lot of heart but
we had a lot of good opportunities.
"We should be the team in the quarter-finals."