Despite a match dominated by the first whistle, with the exception of some Friulian incursions, Inter needed a penalty to overcome the white and white fortress. A penalty that sparked controversy, in the contact between Perez and Lautaro Martinez, in Dimarco's arc, that was initially judged as regular by Di Bello.
VAR intervention was necessary to make the match referee change his mind. After reviewing the monitor, Di Bello decreed the penalty in favor of Simone Inzaghi's team. However, Di Bello's decision was not liked by everyone and there are those who remembered an episode that happened last weekend with Inter again as the protagonist. In the Acerbi-Osimhen contact, VAR did not intervene.
PENALTY EVERY TWO GAMES FOR INTER
The seventh penalty in 15 weeks of the championship for Inter, who took the lead against Udinese from the penalty spot, scored by Hakan Calhanoglu. But controversy immediately erupted on social media. More than the penalty itself, fans protest the use of VAR. "The one on Lautaro is a clear penalty," says Graziano Cesari, who adds: "The Argentinian striker was in a good sprinting position and was fouled. A clear and obvious mistake that the referee Di Bello escaped".
Usually we tend to avoid using VAR in case of high contact, evaluating the decision made on the pitch. But Di Bello was well behind the contact between Lautaro and Perez and, perhaps for that reason, in the VAR room they decided that the referee should review the action.