Coach Maurizio Sarri claims Feyenoord supporters threw ‘bags of p***’ at the Lazio bench during their 1-0 loss in the Europa League. The Biancocelesti needed a win to guarantee progress from Group F, but at the final whistle, all four teams were on 8 points, with Lazio dropping down to the Conference League on goal difference.
Speaking after the game, Sarri was upset about the match and the performance of the officials, but also highlighted that home supporters were less than welcoming:
There were bags of p*** thrown from the stands down onto the back of the bench. It goes without saying, that is a little irritating.
I won’t even start on the referee. One player had at least seven or eight fouls from behind on our players, but in the end the only yellow cards were to my team.
As for their goal, there were two fouls in it, not one. It started with a foul on Matteo Cancellieri near my bench, then Patric was clearly pushed from behind near the goalkeeper.
We expected at the very least for the referee to view it again with VAR.”
In a later interview with Sky Sports, Sarri was a little more introspective about the result:
The attitude was good for the whole game, we knew there were moments when we would be under pressure and we didn’t struggle much at all.
What we should take responsibility for is that we created five chances to put the ball in the net and didn’t take any of them. That is what we were punished for.
I saw a team that was alive, determined and ready to battle with some good football. On the night, we did not deserve the defeat, it was a very even match and the team did not disappoint me this evening.”