Milan managed to claim all three points last night despite the red card of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who argued with the referee Fabio Maresca. Upon closer inspection, it appears a misunderstanding led to the sending off.
The 39-year-old told the referee ‘sembra strano’ (it seems strange) but the latter allegedly thought he said ‘sei un bastardo’ (you are a bastard). Quite the difference, in other words, and Maresca seemed to be the only one who heard the latter version.
As highlighted by journalist Andrea Longoni in his latest piece for MilanNews, the report of the referee will be decisive to understand the punishment. An admission of guilt would be appropriate from the referee, but if not the sporting judge will have to look closer.
If there isn’t anything that we all have missed, as Longoni continues, then Ibrahimovic could be available for the game against Genoa. The words that are heard were not enough for a red card and shouldn’t result in a ban.