MILAN – At the center of the controversy as he assessed the key episodes of Roma-Inter, in 24 hours Gianluca Rocchi has passed from the Olympic whistles to the lukewarm applause with which the audience of players, coaches, managers and various guests welcomed him stage when he received the award for best referee last season.
Smiling in his elegant blue suit, the Tuscan class of 1973 on the red carpet pulled straight ahead of the questions and then in one of the most anticipated moments of the Gran Galà of Calcio Aic, took the floor. Responding to a general question of Diletta Leotta on the state of the Var, he said: "We are well on the way, we are happy with this tool that is giving us in the vast majority of cases great support. As in all things we have to improve ". Then he allowed himself a reference to his night to forget: "Despite the fact that the situation was not simple, the behavior of the players was excellent. This goes to their advantage and the referee ".
Shortly before the president of the referees Marcello Nicchi had revealed that he had collected his mea culpa and Michael Fabbri (who was at the Var), for the mistake that caused the reaction of Francesco Totti. Twenty-four hours later, the Romanist leader did not applaud the referee when he got on the stage, and in front of the cameras he preferred silence: "If not, I will radiate today", smiled the former Giallorossi captain, who received the career, as well as Pirlo. On the football party, with the audience among others the president of the FIGC Gabriele Gravina, the Under-Secretary Giancarlo Giorgetti, Juventus was inevitably chosen as the team of the year, with Allegri elected best coach, but to buy up prizes was Icardi : his is the best goal voted by the public, the heel of Sampdoria ("But the one at Milan was more beautiful," said the Argentine), while the jury of coaches, referees, journalists, coaches and former coaches, and Serie A players chose him as the best player of last season.
Obviously it was also included in the top 11, where compared to a year ago the Juventus representation has been reduced from 7 to 4 players: the former Romanist Alisson in goal, in defense Cancelo, Koulibaly of Napoli, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, in midfield Pjanic, Milinkovic Savic of Lazio and Nainggolan, spent in summer from Roma to Inter, and in the trident as well as Immobile, Icardi and Dybala.
The last two are expected protagonists of the big match on Friday night between Juventus and Inter. "We will prepare it without looking at the standings but knowing it will be very difficult," said Chiellini. For all the fans it's the game of the year, we'll have to be good and careful ". Tonali del Brescia (stuck at home by fever) was chosen as a young Serie B, while as best player was elected Fiorentina Alia Guagni.
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