Calhanoglu blasts VAR for role in Milan’s cup exit vs. Juventus: “We are quite angry”

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu has voiced his frustration about the Video Assistant Referee decisions that went against Milan in their cup exit to Juventus.

Milan emerged from Turin empty handed despite a battling performance against Juventus, who reached the Coppa Italia final on away goals after a 0-0 draw on the night.

The major drama came in the 17th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo saw a penalty well saved by Donnarumma, before Ante Rebic saw straight red within seconds for a dangerous high boot.

Milan battled incredibly hard against a man advantage and had their half-chances, but ultimately it would be Juventus who progressed on away goals.

Calhanoglu spoke to Rai Sport after the game and did not hide his displeasure at some of the decisions that went against Milan.

“We are quite angry, because if the referee checked VAR for Ronaldo’s penalty, he then had to check it for the Rebic red card.

“We’re cross, but we played well and we were only missing the goal,” the Turkey international said (via MilanNews).

“Over the two legs, it’s difficult to say who deserved to go through. I think if we had Zlatan, Samu and Theo here, we’d be stronger. It’s natural the games with Juve are tough, but they were very even.

“Thinking back to my chance, I could’ve tried with the head or the foot, I went for it with my head.”

On whether Milan improved a man down: “It’s difficult to say why we did better down to 10 men. We really wanted to win and gave everything we had. Now we look forward to the next test.

“Empty stadium? It’s naturally a very different experience, but these are the rules, we have to stick to them.”

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