GdS: Mariani got crucial call wrong during Inter-Milan – ‘Handanovic did not protest’

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan’s players and staff were left furious after Ismael Bennacer’s goal to make it 2-1 against Inter last night was called off for an alleged offside.

Today’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) talks about the offside goal which was probably the key incident in the Coppa Italia derby last night given the delicate moment the game was in and the momentum it would have given Milan.

Initially there were appeals from Inter players for a handball against Fikayo Tomori but that was quickly brushed aside as the ball came off his chest, but the referee Mariani was called over to the monitor to check a potential offside on Pierre Kalulu.

After consulting with the VAR chief and looking at the monitor, he considered the French defender to be actively offside. The paper writes that the final decision of the official was ‘perplexing’ because the offside was ‘more passive than active’ while ‘Handanovic did not protest’.

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  1. Rating milan season so, i could say we deserved to win a trophy but bad officiating decision in all the competition e.g champion league, seria title Race and now coppa italian, i wonder if they will be rule to appeal bad official and given the point back to the team that lose points due costly officiating decision that affect the final result.

    1. Milan deserve a trophy this season. But i think it’s pointless to appeal for bad referee.

      Remember when the referee made bad decisions vs Spezia and what the referee association did was just apologize to Milan as if that apologize can give Milan 3 point lmao.

      After the association apologized, it’s clear they didn’t do anything to fix the referee quality with mistakes after mistakes after mistakes keeps happening against Milan :/

  2. It sucks, as Handanovic would’ve never saved it anyway. However regarding the offside, Kalulu did interfere with play, regardless of Handanovic’ oblivion to it. It’s just pure unluck as had he gone the other way, he wouldn’t have crossed the keeper’s line of sight to the ball. We can complain about Udinese’s handball goal and Torino not being awarded a penalty, but not this.

    1. Kalulu didn’t interfere with the play and Handanovic can’t even see anything when there’s 3 Inter players who blocked his view!

    2. It was a bad interpretation of the rule. The rule is intended to stop a player from screening the goalie. kalulu was doing all he could to get back onside. Any other league (or team) the goal would have stood.

  3. Vs Inter last year, Spezia, Napoli, Udinese. Man, I can’t count how many times Milan got robbed by referee on this season alone and that’s not counting in the Champions League.

    It safe to say that someone / some team really doesn’t want Milan at the top again.

  4. I think football need rule for justice and faireness in officiating, even with VAR officiating and decision making is not getting better, so many time refrees decide not to use it and when they do, they still make wrong call on many occasion, football deserve justice even after the final score there should be rules to check some obvious result of such and awarding of points accordingly with fairness and justice afterward.

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