UEFA vice-president on the Juventus vs Inter game: “Players fell like plums.”

UEFA vice-president Zbigniew Boniek believes Inter deserved the penalty kick that secured their 1-0 victory against Juventus on Sunday.

Speaking to Radio Anch’io lo Sport, Boniek revealed that he enjoyed the game between Juventus and Inter and also acknowledged the controversies.

“It was a good match. Juventus were unlucky, especially in the first 25 minutes. They looked for the goal in every way, but Inter did well,” Boniek said.

Offering his opinion on the controversial penalty kick that decided the fate of the match, he added,

“Then, in the end, the controversy prevailed. The only thing that bothered me was that, on the pitch, there were players weighing ninety kilos, with muscles in every part of the body, but it was enough for them to be touched, and they fell like plums.

“Inter’s penalty? It is a foul but what happens is so casual, football is a contact sport. According to the regulations, this is rigour, but perhaps football is too much like basketball, a sport without contact. Yesterday, I did not see an error on the occasion of the goal that decided the game.”

The controversial penalty decision by Massimiliano Irrati has drawn mixed reactions from both sets of fans. But it is believed that Irrati ordered Hakan Çalhanoğlu to retake the penalty because Matthijs de Ligt had entered the penalty area before the dispatch of the shot during the first attempt. Çalhanoğlu’s clean strike saw Inter racking up all three points at the end of the match.

Jyotirmoy Halder

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