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Napoli 2-2 Atalanta: 'Buffoonery from referee led to Carlo Ancelotti being set off'

Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti joined Napoli in 2018 after managing a host of Europe's top clubs

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.

Line-ups

Napoli

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Meret
  • 22Di LorenzoBooked at 84mins
  • 19MaksimovicBooked at 48mins
  • 26Koulibaly
  • 13Luperto
  • 7Callejón
  • 5AllanSubstituted forZielinskiat 11'minutes
  • 8Ruiz
  • 24InsigneBooked at 88mins
  • 99MilikSubstituted forLlorenteat 82'minutes
  • 11LozanoSubstituted forMertensat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Mário Rui
  • 9Llorente
  • 12Elmas
  • 14Mertens
  • 20Zielinski
  • 25Ospina
  • 27Karnezis
  • 34Younes
  • 62Tonelli
  • 70Gaetano

Atalanta

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 95Gollini
  • 2ToloiBooked at 20mins
  • 19DjimsitiSubstituted forKjaerat 64'minutes
  • 6Palomino
  • 33Hateboer
  • 15de RoonBooked at 64mins
  • 11Freuler
  • 8Gosens
  • 10GómezSubstituted forMurielat 74'minutes
  • 72Ilicic
  • 88PasalicBooked at 66minsSubstituted forCastagneat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kjaer
  • 5Masiello
  • 9Muriel
  • 13Arana Lopes
  • 18Malinovskiy
  • 21Castagne
  • 31Rossi
  • 41Ibañez da Silva
  • 57Sportiello
  • 99Barrow
Referee:
Piero Giacomelli
Attendance:
30,061

Match Stats

Home TeamNapoliAway TeamAtalanta
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home19
Away15
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Napoli 2, Atalanta 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Napoli 2, Atalanta 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. José Callejón (Napoli) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Timothy Castagne (Atalanta) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hans Hateboer with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Simon Kjaer (Atalanta).

  6. Post update

    Fernando Llorente (Napoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Robin Gosens (Atalanta) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Muriel with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Atalanta. Conceded by Alex Meret.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Booking

    Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Goal!

    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.

  12. Booking

    Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Robin Gosens (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Napoli).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Napoli. Fernando Llorente replaces Arkadiusz Milik.

  16. Post update

    Robin Gosens (Atalanta) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Piotr Zielinski (Napoli).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Luis Muriel (Atalanta).

  19. Post update

    Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Luis Muriel (Atalanta) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 30th October 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus10820189926
2Inter Milan1081122101225
3Atalanta1063130161421
4Roma105411811719
5Lazio1053222101218
6Napoli105322013718
7Cagliari105321610618
8Fiorentina104331513215
9Parma104151514113
10Bologna103341415-112
11Hellas Verona1033478-112
12Torino103251116-511
13AC Milan9315913-410
14Udinese10316517-1210
15Sassuolo93061618-29
16Lecce102351119-89
17Genoa102261323-108
18Brescia9216914-57
19SPAL9216716-97
20Sampdoria10127619-135
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