The news keeps getting better for AC Milan as Juventus record signing Milos Krasic will not be available for the Bianconeri’s fierce match against the Rossoneri this Saturday after he was banned for two league games for diving.
Krasic is tied as Juve’s top scorer with Fabio Quagliarela on 3 goals and his absence will greatly be missed. Krasic won a controversial penalty against Bologna on Sunday however, it was not converted and the game ended in a barren draw.
Upon further scrutiny, Video replays showed that Bologna defender Daniele Portanova did not touch Krasic as he fell in the penalty area. A statement from the FIGC (Italian FA) read:
“The TV replay showed that there was no contact between the two players and that the Bianconero player’s dive was the cause for the referee to make a mistake.”
Juventus have however said that thy will appeal the punishment. Del Neri is already without the injured Amauri and the loss of Krasic is a big blow to him. According to La Repubblicca, Juventus lawyers have made an emergency appeal to make Krasic available for Saturday’s fixture.
“We take heed of the ban, but undoubtedly we are faced with a strongly unfair decision,” said sporting director.
However, it seems like Juventus have already lost the appeal even before going to court. Sporting judge Giampaolo Tosel has quashed the Bianconeri’s hopes.
“All the bans are open to an appeal, but I do not recall similar incidents that earned a reduction.
“Either they were cleared completely of wrongdoing or the original ban was confirmed.”
The hand of fate seems to have dealt Milan another silver lining. The only question is whether the Rossoneri will be able to make it count. The stats dating 3 years back are fairly placed wit both Milan and Juventus each winning twice and drawing twice in their last 6 encounters.
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