By Jack Beresford (@JackBeresford86)
Lazio fans let their feelings about referee Piero Giacomelli be known after bombarding the Serie A match official’s café with negative ratings on TripAdvisor.
Revenge proved to be a dish best served cold for Biancocelesti supporters, who took to the review site a day after Giacomelli controversially sent Ciro Immobile off during Lazio’s 3-1 loss to Torino, but missed an apparent handball from Iago Falque.
The decision drew criticism from Lazio officials with Sporting Director Igli Tare branding Giacomelli’s performance “a huge scandal, in fact more than a scandal”, while club spokesman Arturo Diaconale suggested referees were actively looking to undermine Lazio’s efforts this term.
Still smarting after a loss that dents the Rome club’s Champions League qualification hopes, Lazio fans headed online to vent their angst.
Having got word that Giacomelli ran a café in Trieste called Café Rossetti, fans began flooding the establishment’s TripAdvisor page with negative reviews.
According to Football Italia, some of the new one-star reviews branded the restaurant “a nightmare” warning diners to “stay far away from this café” while others made sly digs at Giacomelli’s performance, with one review titled “how to ruin an evening with incompetence.”
Some reviews were creatively snide, but others were a little less subtle.
“The chef decided to send out a meal which indecorous and difficult to choke down,” another supposed patron moaned.
“Despite the numerous complaints from me and my friends, who were dissatisfied with that incomprehensible dish, the chef decided to send us away in the middle of the evening while still making us pay a large bill.
“It would have been a nice evening but everything was spoiled by a person unfit to do this job.”
Unfortunately for those Lazio fans leaving these lengthy negative reviews it soon transpired that Giacomelli no longer works at or owns a stake in the restaurant.