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I’m tired of talking about referee mistakes – Benitez

Benitez: I'm tired of talking about referee mistakes

Napoli manager Rafa Benitez said he has grown weary of talking about poor officiating after Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Torino.

The Partenopei wanted a penalty when Emiliano Moretti appeared to handle in the area but their appeals were waved away by referee Massimiliano Irrati during the Italian Serie A clash.

Consequently, Kamil Glik’s second-half header proved sufficient to earn Torino the victory, which left third-placed Napoli in danger of being overtaken by Lazio and Fiorentina, who, respectively, are trailing by just two and three points.

“I don’t want to speak about these penalty incidents as I’m tired of having to do it,” Benitez told Sky Sport Italia.

“It’s something I don’t enjoy.”

“But you’ve all seen one of them but I’m tired of seeing certain things.”

“Certainly, one of these decisions would have changed the entire complexion of the game.”

“I wasn’t happy with how we played in the first half. We were better in the second half, although we didn’t deal with the corner for their goal well.”

“It always hurts to lose, though. We are going home without any points primarily because we couldn’t score a goal.”

“I don’t know why we didn’t make the leap in quality. I know only that we must work even harder in every training session and better prepare for our remaining games.”

Benitez’s men now turn their attention to the Italian Coppa Italia, in where they play Lazio in Wednesday’s first-leg of the competition’s semi-finals at the Stadio Olimpico.

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