Tonight at the Forum the new Olimpia match ball. Accusations to referees: the federation is investigating the boss of Virtus
After the first four matches which had raised some hidden complaints for a few episodes at the limit of the regulations, the referees’ file of the Scudetto series between Milan and Virtus exploded Thursday evening at the end of the fifth match due to the statements of Massimo Zanetti. , owner of the Bologna club . “It’s time to stop with the psychological subjection of the referees to Milan and Messina” was the frontal attack of Mr. Segafredo, to trigger a fierce controversy that announces a match-6 inside a burning Forum. Also this evening (8:30 p.m.; TV Eurosport 2 and Rai Sport), as in race-3 and race-4, 12,300 places are expected to push Milan to take advantage of the second match point.
Yesterday, it didn’t take long before Olimpia’s response to Zanetti’s unequivocal words was published as the Messina coach, in post-match-5, pointed out that “there was two different refereeing meters. One of their players came out insulting the referees, one of us instead he was sanctioned”. “Having taken note of the post-match 5 statements issued by Doctor Zanetti – reads the club’s official statement – the Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano declares itself astonished and outraged by the words, insinuations and tones used by the owner of Virtus Bologna Olimpia Milano and its ownership is known throughout Europe for its accuracy and style. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Doctor Zanetti has indulged in gratuitous and offensive considerations towards our club and its members. in addition to being imaginative and groundless, they are also irresponsible at the moment, as were those let loose by other members of Bolognese society on the eve of a series that should have shown only the good part of our movement of which obviously the current property of Virtus has very little interest therefore the Federation to activate the federal prosecutor to verify if there are details for the measures s shareholders towards Virtus and its property”.
There is also the replica of Virtus. “Dr. Zanetti’s statements have no offensive content towards the Milanese club or its members, even less towards his property towards which, in fact, he has repeatedly expressed respect and esteem. The commitment, in terms of investments and total dedication shown by Virtus in recent years, shows how much Dr. Zanetti and the entire staff of the club are involved in the development of the entire Italian basketball movement, an invitation to the federal prosecutor to go to the action”. The investigation office of the Fip prosecutor, headed by Marco Lucente, immediately activated yesterday morning. The question of arbitration had been critically recalled on April 16 by Messina himself who had defined that of whistles as the only member of Serie A firm and unable to communicate. So, on the eve of Race-1, Luca Baraldi, in Virtus, surfing the social media of the fans had expressed his concern about the designations.
SHIELDS & BELI
On a technical level, there is little to discover. The two teams and the two coaches know each other by heart. Milan need to reload Shields, run-5 damage to be true; Bologna are confident of a game at their captain’s Belinelli and the takeover of Weems. Coach Scariolo, always with his back to the wall, will have to invent something or find a joker to impact the series. But Messina also has little room for error.
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