Marseille complain about Collina

Last updated at 15:07 20 May 2004

Olympique Marseille president Christophe Bouchet is to write to European soccer's governing body UEFA about Pierluigi Collina's refereeing in the UEFA Cup final.

Marseille lost 2-0 to Valencia on Wednesday after French international goalkeeper Fabien Barthez was sent off for bringing down Spanish striker Mista inside the box.

"It's not a refereeing decision, it's the end of the game," Bouchet told sports daily l'Equipe.

"I was sitting next to UEFA president Lennart Johansson and he said he was dumbfounded too," he added.

Triple whammy

Commentators in France questioned the rule which inflicts a triple sanction on a player for such a foul - dismissal followed by a penalty and a match suspension.

"I've said for a long time that it was not a good rule. It's a triple sanction. And it's a little bit too much for just one foul," Michel Platini told sports daily l'Equipe.

Bouchet also accused Italian Collina, widely considered as one of the world's best referees, of being too friendly with Valencia players.

"Collina greeted the Spaniards one after the other before the game and even kissed [fullback Amedeo] Carboni. At the end of the game, the Spaniards all cheered him.

"Carboni went to the referees' dressing room after the match and came out without his shirt," he said.

"I'm going to write to UEFA to tell them about these facts," he added.

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