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Mistaken identity: Unemployed man receives death threats following referee's blunders

Gianlucha Rocchi’s namesake received a series of threatening phone calls after the official didn’t exactly endear himself to Inter fans on account of his performance on Saturday.

The referee was criticised for his performance on Saturday.
The referee was criticised for his performance on Saturday.

GIANLUCA ROCCHI, AN unemployed Italian man, has received death threats, after he was confused with his namesake – a Serie A referee.

The referee came under fire after he made a number of errors during Napoli’s 3-0 win over Inter.

During the game, the referee controversially sent off Inter’s John Obi, and also awarded a penalty for Napoli, even though replays proved that the foul occurred outside the box.

And the 44-year-old unemployed man said it was not the only occasion he had received angry phone calls following a poor performance from the referee.

Speaking to a local newspaper, he said:

“It’s not the first time it’s happened and that’s also why I follow the Florentine referee’s performances to see if I need to expect some telephone threats.”

Following Saturday’s game, Inter’s players and staff expressed their anger with the referee’s performance, while the media were also critical of the official.

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