GdS: Decision to award penalty against Romagnoli a clear and obvious officiating error

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan can feel very hard done by to have found themselves 2-0 down in last night’s game with the penalty call on Alessio Romagnoli non-existent.

This morning’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanLive) has taken a look back at the key incidents and begins with the one that caused the most discussion: the penalty kick given to Verona in the 21st minute.

Referee Alessandro Prontera gave the penalty after seeing contact in the area between Alessio Romagnoli and Nikola Kalinic. Even after communicating with the VAR room, the decision was confirmed, all while Romagnoli protested about the decision.

The paper reports that Kalinic, by spreading his right leg, stands on Romagnoli and goes down. It is the Croatian striker who provokes the contact that causes both players to fall so the foul was his, not Romagnoli’s.

As for the one granted to the Rossoneri in the second half for a foul by Davide Faraoni on Samuel Castillejo, La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that it was fair as the full-back touches the Spanish player’s leg and does not get near the ball.

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  1. Again a careless & unfair decision from referee! May he learns from his mistakes & becomes more conscientious & calm when making decisions.

  2. What a shitshow, I watches the replay and was so angry. It was Kalinic that fouled Romagnoli and not the other way round.

    Serie A has a very long way to go. I just hope certain improvement will be made in the match officiating going forward

  3. I don’t understand what VAR does. Isn’t it supposed to avoid these kinds of officiating mistakes? Lol. What a joke. Does Italy not have enough camera angles to be able to see where the foul is coming from? What a joke. Could have cost us the game again.

  4. Seriously, don’t know what that VAR is being used for. Somehow the referees are playing against us and are rewarding penalties against us whenever they see anyone going down in the box irrespective of which team is committing the foul.

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