GdS: Referee Doveri makes two big calls in draw between Milan and Inter – the verdict

By Oliver Fisher -

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport have analysed the dubious refereeing episodes during the derby last night, and they back Daniele Doveri on both.

The paper (via PianetaMilan) actually heap praise on Doveri for ‘a very correct game’ despite the very intense pace, and one that saw only one yellow card. That caution went to Fodé Ballo-Touré for his foul on Darmian ahead of the second penalty, and there is no doubt that it was the right decision.

There was some more controversy about the first penalty given when Hakan Calhanoglu went down inside the opening 10 minutes, but La Gazzetta think Doveri got it right as the Inter man took the space behind the ball by extending his right foot and then falls because he was crossed by the left leg of the Ivorian.

There was a check by VAR in the room but they did not call Doveri over to review his decision because there was no clear error. There were also no other controversial incidents.

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  1. I didn’t like this referee. I think he gave most 50/50 calls to Inter. Especially can’t understand the situation when Tonali beats Inter defender (Bastoni?) on the right flank and the defender pulls on his shirt for some time and no foul is given. On the contrary every time Inter player goes to the ground they get a friendly call.

    But both penalty calls were correct and he kept the game under controll which was good for the show.

    1. In what universe are these penalties:
      1) Calhanoglu kicks Kessie’s achilles heel which causes Kessie to lose control and THEN Kessie hits Calhanoglu. Without the kick by Calhanoglu there wouldn’t have been the kick by Kessie.

      2) Ballo-Toure hits the ball first and THEN Darmian. That’s a clean tackle.

        1. Based on what? If you didn’t see those errors, it’s YOU who needs his eyes checked. You can’t argue with facts. Or you can but you’d be an absolute moron to do so.

  2. What about the Rebic back heel and Inter player hand balled it, from Milan corner, last 15 minutes of the match.
    Then, Saelemaekers hits a cross from outside the box and again Inter player hand balls it.
    No penalty calls or VAR replays.
    Inter players falls over, for example, Vidal, free kick to Inter. Always against Milan.
    Why wasn’t Diaz playing in his usual position and Saelemaekers on the right wing?
    Krunic from the start?
    Milan started to create lots of chances when Krunic went off.

    1. I bet I wasn’t the only one who noticed that only once Krunic was taken off the field, Milan started dominating and creating chances. Coincidence? Absolutely not!

      As if it wasn’t enough that Milan had to play against 12 (11 + Doveri), Milan also played with one man down as they had Krunic on as the playmaker.

  3. Last referee was suspended for his actions (who was from Napoli) this moron should also be.
    Nobody talks how this season penalties are given against Milan.
    Sinter players played handball in their box but referee didn’t see it also he saw first penalty when Pusynogle sticks his leg in between Kessie.

  4. Italian refereeing has got to be the worst in Europe. The total whiff of a call that was the kessie penalty is more than obvious even the commentators who are fairly biased towards the officials said it was a blown call.

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