Rocchi: Pogba’s penalty was my only mistake

Il Messaggero and La Gazzetta dello Sport have released reported text messages of referee Gianluca Rocchi to his friends in Florence after he has been criticized for his horrendous display in the match between Roma and Juve:

In one text message Rocchi reportedly texted a friend saying, “The thing that hurts me most were some of the comments: I have become an inadequate referee even for the same people who considered my exclusion from the World Cup to be incorrect. The players did not help me in any way, I have a clear conscience.”

In another reported text message, Rocchi told another friend, “Pogba’s penalty was my only mistake.”

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