Inter defender Yuto Nagatomo is puzzled at the standard of refereeing in Serie A this season, claiming that his side have been affected by a "strange" lack of decisions going their way.
Coach Walter Mazzarri was furious at the officials following the Nerazzurri's defeat to Lazio, while striker Diego Milito hinted at an anti-Inter conspiracy due to the fact they have yet to win a penalty this season.
Nagatomo admits that the squad have found it hard to understand some of the decisions from officials in the campaign to date, telling Sports Mediaset: "It's been a very strange season. We were not even given a penalty.
"It is very difficult for us, even if we continue to think positively."
The 27-year-old, who has notched five goals for Mazzarri's side so far this season, went on to reveal that he spoke with compatriot Keisuke Honda prior to the midfielder's January switch to AC Milan.
Nagamoto expained: "We talked. Honda is a great professional, a very kind person and a very strong player."
The full-back struck Inter's equaliser against Chievo on Monday to earn his side a 1-1 draw which took them to fifth in the Serie A table.