Inzaghi’s comment regarding referee for second leg draws a funny response from Tonali

By Oliver Fisher -

Simone Inzaghi has made a rather bizarre comment ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League semi-final second leg between Inter and AC Milan.

During his pre-match press conference today, Inzaghi chose to mention the fact that UEFA have appointed a French referee to officiate the game at San Siro – namely Clement Turpin – and the fact that Milan have several French players.

Turpin will be assisted by Nicolas Danos, Benjamin Pages and Stephanie Frappart, with a VAR team consisting of the chief Jerome Brisard and assistant Benoit Millot. Turpin was also the referee for the second leg of Milan’s tie against Spurs earlier this season.

“I have many friends and acquaintances in football who contacted me when they saw the designation of a French referee with the 4 French players in the Milan side, but there’s no problem. I have the utmost confidence,” he said (via FootballItalia).

However, he did go on to complain about the officiating in the first leg against the Rossoneri last Wednesday.

“I hardly talk about the referees even if sometimes I can’t help myself. In the first leg there was an incident that needed to be dealt with differently,” he said.

“I’m talking about Krunic’s foul on Bastoni, which would have given a different and very important result. This was not the case.”

Sandro Tonali was asked in his press conference for his thoughts on Inzaghi’s comments and his veiled suggestion that having a French referee might favour Milan, and he had a witty response.

“We need to find a referee without nationality (laughs).”

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  1. This is takes out of context to much. A journalist asked Inzaghi this questions, its not like he’s crying about it

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