CM: AIA respond to Milan’s complaints by assigning inexperienced referee for Bologna game

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan have not had the rub of the green with a lot of the decisions this season and the latest referee that has been designated to one of their games has caused a stir. reports how the referee assigned to Milan-Bologna is Livio Marinelli, a man who has taken charge of only 10 Serie A games in his early career and only 15 in total, when considering the 4 he took charge of in Serie B and 1 in the Coppa Italia.

Once again the Rossoneri have had a crucial game entrusted to an inexperienced referee, and Milan are they only team in the top four that Marinelli has not refereed a game involving.

Paolo Maldini complained after the draw against Udinese which ended amid controversy over Udogie’s handball goal, suggesting that Matteo Marchetti – who had refereed five Serie A matches before – should not be involved in such a huge game.

The other episode that infuriated the Rossoneri was the one against Spezia, complete with an apology from the AIA after Junior Messias scored a late winner that was ruled out because an advantage wasn’t played.

There are other incidents too influenced by inexperienced officials such as Di Paolo calling Massa over to look at the VAR screen and then deducing that Giroud was offside after Kessie’s equaliser against Napoli. Prontera was the referee and Di Paolo was VAR chief again when Milan went two goals after just over 20 minutes against Verona after a penalty was given despite Romagnoli being trodden on by Kalinic.

In short, it is another big game and another designation that could lead to controversy as Marinelli – a referee with 10 games in Serie A so far – will run out at San Siro on Monday.

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  1. Well, they have to find some way to help out both Inter and Juventus in some way or other, as they most often pretty well always succeed to do even when as in the past as an a AC Milan ball is past a whole metre inside the net and everybody sees it, including Juve’ players and the whole public attending and all those on the media except the referee and linesmen, so that it is ruled not a goal, and Juve’ players continue as if nothing happened, knowing full well that it would be stupid to try to tell the truth, when the truth ain’t much what is important in the Italian league. As long as the league does not go to AC Milan it is ok with the Italian soccer set-up; it would be even better for them that Juventus win it always. Then, of course Juventus would always be present in the Champions’ League, though one has to wonder what the good of the whole exercise is all for considering that Juventus have to participate in it some 100 times to ever pick up a single cup there. But that is Italian soccer philosophy.

  2. After all that apology and now AIA give another inexperienced referee for Milan match. Fkin disgusting that they really try so hard to put Juve or Inter at the top of the table 🙁

  3. The only way to free ourselves from the archaic and buffoonish Italian football federation is through a Super league. Basically the FIGC and all that are under it’s umbrella are what’s hold back Italian football. They are more concerned with their own status than staying up to date with modern football

  4. We just need to score more goals to avoid mistakes from the refree.. my prediction 4-0 I’m sure we will score a lot of goals in this one

  5. milan have to play vs opponent,vs refferee,vs seria a, they have to play so good to destroy everyone 5-0 so they can’t rob them

  6. you see, inter play vs juventus , they just have to keep the distance close to us,this will disgusting match by the ref i am sure

  7. Guys don’t forget all the dodgy penalties we got last season. We got lucky last season but have been unlucky this season. So it’s time for a bit of luck to go our way again now.

  8. Anyone surprised? Let’s see how the referee has planned to ruin Milan’s match this time. I bet it will something the media writes the whole next week. And it’s NOT going to do us any favors…

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