Gerard Deulofeu was on the losing team as Udinese were beaten 2-0 by Inter Milan at the San Siro.
Two quick-fire goals from Joaquin Correa in the second half secured the win for Simone Inzaghi’s side, who have lost just one of their opening 11 Serie A games.
The defending Italian champi ons are in a firm battle for the title this year, though, with both Napoli and AC Milan going unbeaten in their first 10 matches.
Defeat left Udinese without a win in eight league games and perilously close to the bottom three.
Deulofeu incident with fiery referee
It’s been a struggle for the Zebrette, and Deulofeu’s frustrations boiled over late on in the defeat to Inter.
The Spanish winger thought he had pulled a goal back for Udinese in the 82nd minute of the match, but his goal was disallowed for an earlier offside.
Deulofeu was furious and he turned to the referee to protest the decision.
The ref, Juan Luca Sacchi, took absolutely no nonsense from the former Everton and Watford player, stamping his authority by giving it right back to him.
This referee is taking absolutely no nonsense from Gerard Deulofeu 😤🤣 pic.twitter.com/7JRpEpjgWw
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 31, 2021
Shades of iconic ref Pierluigi Collina, there.
It’s rare to see a ref respond to abuse from a player in such a way, and it’s clear from Deulofeu’s reaction that he was also surprised.
But football fans are enjoying seeing an official dish it back to a player. Referee’s receive so much attitude from footballers that it’s refreshing when they put them in their place.
Correa scored twice in 2-0 win
Correa’s brace consigned Udinese to defeat, the Argentine taking both of his goals really well.
In the 60th minute he put the hosts ahead with a wonderful run and finish.
Shortly afterwards he made it 2-0, collecting the ball on the edge of Udinese’s area and placing it perfectly into the top corner.
That’s now four goals in seven Serie A appearances for the 27-year-old this season.