Match ends, Napoli 2, Atalanta 2.
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says "buffoonery from the referee" led to coach Carlo Ancelotti and his assistant being sent off in the 2-2 Serie A draw with Atalanta.
In a fiery end to the game, Josip Ilicic's 86th-minute equaliser stood after a long VAR review, as Napoli appealed for a penalty.
Ancelotti and his assistant were then shown red cards for protesting.
"Without us, the referees would be peeling potatoes," De Laurentiis said.
"If there is VAR it's pointless creating eight minutes of additional time because all that happens is pushing and shouting," he told Sky Sport Italia.
"And what is this buffoonery from the referee [Pino Giacomelli] who kicks out a gentleman like Ancelotti? We're fed up. We're tired of paying for this standard of officiating."
The controversy started with Napoli forward Fernando Llorente colliding with Simon Kjaer in the Atalanta area with the visitors countering and scoring through Ilicic.
A five-minute interruption followed before the referee awarded the goal without reviewing the incident on the touchline monitor.
Ancelotti said: "I consider what happened an attack on my professionalism, my players and my club."
Goals from Serbian defender Nikola Maksimovic and Polish forward Arkadiusz Milik had twice given the hosts the lead, with Remo Freuler scoring for the visitors before the late flashpoint.
Atalanta stay third in the table, five points behind leaders Juventus who won 2-1 against Genoa, with Napoli in sixth.
- 22Di LorenzoBooked at 84mins
- 19MaksimovicBooked at 48mins
- 5AllanSubstituted forZielinskiat 11'minutes
- 24InsigneBooked at 88mins
- 99MilikSubstituted forLlorenteat 82'minutes
- 11LozanoSubstituted forMertensat 59'minutes
- 6Mário Rui
- 2ToloiBooked at 20mins
- 19DjimsitiSubstituted forKjaerat 64'minutes
- 15de RoonBooked at 64mins
- 10GómezSubstituted forMurielat 74'minutes
- 88PasalicBooked at 66minsSubstituted forCastagneat 69'minutes
- 13Arana Lopes
- 41Ibañez da Silva
- Piero Giacomelli
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Napoli 2, Atalanta 2.
Attempt missed. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Attempt missed. Timothy Castagne (Atalanta) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hans Hateboer with a cross.
Foul by Simon Kjaer (Atalanta).
Fernando Llorente (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Robin Gosens (Atalanta) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Muriel with a cross.
Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Alex Meret.
Attempt saved. Josip Ilicic (Atalanta) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luis Muriel.
Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Napoli 2, Atalanta 2. Josip Ilicic (Atalanta) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rafael Tolói with a through ball.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Robin Gosens (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli).
Substitution, Napoli. Fernando Llorente replaces Arkadiusz Milik.
Robin Gosens (Atalanta) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Piotr Zielinski (Napoli).
Foul by Luis Muriel (Atalanta).
Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Luis Muriel (Atalanta) wins a free kick in the attacking half.