Storm over referee Luca Sacchi: he doesn’t shake hands with assistant Francesca Di Monte before Lecce-Sassuolo VIDEO


By John

The referee Luca Sacchi does not shake hands with the female assistant Francesca Di Monte in the tunnel immediately before Lecce-Sassuolo, and a video of the episode goes viral on social media. «It absolutely is to exclude a sexist gesture – sources from the Italian Referees Association explain to ANSA – and obviously also a personal insult. The problem doesn’t exist for us, it was just an involuntary and misinterpreted gesture: among other things, the two demonstrated great chemistry on the pitch and their performance was excellent. It is rather surprising – they conclude in The Hague – that there is talk of sexism within an association that has made the demolition of every gender barrier one of its main goals achieved”.