Gianluca Rocchi has been greatly disturbed by the criticism he received after the much-discussed Champions League match between Chelsea and Ajax more than a year ago.
In the spectacle, which ended in 4-4, he sent both Joël Veltman and Daley Blind from the field with red in the same minute.
The Italian, who has since stopped whistling, received a lot of hateful reactions afterwards, he says in the documentary
Man in the Middle
published by UEFA
, in which the role of referees is central.
"We knew it could be a difficult game, but in the field it turned out to be even more difficult than we could ever have imagined", he looks back on the game of November 5 last year.
"When I read on social media afterwards that I intentionally ruined the match, it is frustrating and it makes me very angry. Maybe I made mistakes, but I never meant to destroy the match. to make."
"What people say is just not correct. I just step onto the field with respect for the sport, for the players and for the people in the stands. I have never wanted to screw up anything for a second."
Gianluca Rocchi retired due to his age as a referee. (Photo: ANP)
Gianluca Rocchi retired due to his age as a referee.
Ajax lost the lead after red cards
Ajax was leading at Stamford Bridge last year with 2-4 when in the 68th minute Blind (after a foul on Tammy Abraham) and Veltman (hands) got their second yellow card in one action and had to push in.
Moreover, Veltman's handball resulted in a penalty, which was used by Jorginho.
Then the equalizer also fell.
Rocchi was supported by the VAR in his decisions.
During a closed referee meeting of UEFA, however, it would have been spoken of an arbitral error, because the game should have been stopped immediately after the violation by Blind.