Italian giants AC Milan and Juventus played out a controversial 1-1 draw at the San Siro yesterday to maintain their respective positions in the Serie A table. The draw leaves on 51 points one ahead of Juventus who have a game in hand.
Traditionally considered as one of the biggest matches in Italy and Europe, a Milan-Juve fixture is never short of thrilling and entertaining football. However last night’s match is on course to be remembered as on of the most controversial.
Considered as one of the best referees in the Serie A, Paolo Tagliavento’s reputation after last night match is bound to come under serious scrutiny. Two controversially disallowed goals from either side and a red card were the highlights in a match that failed to produce a victor.
Speaking after the match, a disappointed AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri bemoaned Sulley Muntari’s revealed that the Ghanian’s disallowed goal affected the match.
“I wasn’t upset at the end of the game. It was a beautiful game played very well by Milan; regrettably there was that episode that affected the game,” Allegri said.
“The [cancellation of Muntari’s strike] harmed us because we would have been up 2-0. Maybe we would have drawn all the same but the game would have been different. Matri’s goal? I didn’t see it to be honest. It would have been the tying goal or just 2-1 if they had given us Muntari’s goal.”
Equally diasppointed by the result was Juventus coach Antonio Conte. Speaking to Sky Sport after the match Conte expressed his disdain for the shock decisions made by the referees.
“There were two serious technical errors on two goals from Matri and Muntari. These are errors that can occur, but they are both even,” he said.
“We hope that errors can always be balanced for and against all teams come the end of the season, but I find unacceptable to say that a goal is more regular than the other.”
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