GdS: Analysing the officiating in Cagliari vs. Milan – Maignan risked a penalty

By Isak Möller -

It was another nerve-racking end to an AC Milan game last night as they won 1-0 against Cagliari, failing to kill the clash earlier. And as stated by the media today, they could have had a penalty whistled against them. 

Gazzetta Dello Sport (via MilanLive) analysed the performance of the referee, Marco Di Bello, who in general let a lot of things slide. He only blew the whistle five times in the first half and that says a lot about his stance.

In the 87th minute, Milan could have had a penalty whistled against them as Matteo Lovato won the ball in a challenge with Mike Maignan. The latter came out to punch but instead hit the defender, although only a brushed touch.

Di Bello deemed it to be a ‘normal’ challenge and decided not to point to the penalty spot. VAR didn’t ask him to review the situation either as he clearly saw the situation when it happened (it was a corner). But it was indeed risky for Milan.

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Tags AC Milan Cagliari Mike Maignan


  1. It was a fair challenge, goalkeeper has every right to challenge for the ball, unless the rules are changed he is allowed to try and punch the ball away, anyone trying to head the ball in that situation has to accept their might be contact, there was no intent to hit the player so no foul.

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